KUALA LUMPUR – January 3, 2017: The daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not deny her involvement in several companies featured in posters that have gone viral in social media just after the new year.
Instead, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir told The Mole to go check with the relevant authorities if the portal wanted to verify her position as well as that of her family members — Dr Mahathir and her brothers, Mirzan, Mokhzani and Mukhriz – in the companies listed in the posters.
“Why don’t you go and check for yourself with RoC (Registrar of Companies) or wherever?” was Marina’s response to the info-graphics.
According to the red-accented info-graphic featuring Marina’s mugshot, her supposed home address and partially censored identification number; Marina is either a shareholder or a director in a total of 28 companies.
However, a check by The Mole discovered that most of these companies were either already dissolved or inactive; and out of those that are still active, Marina is involved in only a handful of them.
The companies and non-governmental organisations she is currently involved with are: Interexpo (M) Sdn Bhd (160805-X), Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (463127-H) and Sisters in Islam (Sis) Forum Malaysia (266561-W).
This disclosure of Dr Mahathir’s involvement in business and that of his children seems to be a similar tactic the former prime minister himself had employed against his then deputy Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the 1998 Umno Annual General Assembly; days before he was sacked from Umno and the Cabinet.
Political observers said it made sense to suggest that this was the handiwork of Barisan Nasional’s cybertroopers; particularly those of Umno’s.
That being said, KL Umno youth chief Mohd Razlan Rafii insisted that his division was not involved in the creation of the info-graphics.
“It’s not us…maybe it was done by other cybertrooper teams,” Razlan told The Mole, “Pity us, we’re being slandered with a lot baseless accusations nowadays.”
BN strategic communication director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, however did not reply to our query over those who accused BN of being the source of the controversial info-graphics.