KUALA LUMPUR — May 19, 2015: Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia said former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had breached the ethical duty of confidentiality by publicly revealing what was discussed between them in private.
Pandikar said Mahathir had actually embarrassed himself by breaching that confidentiality when he announced that Pandikar had resigned as speaker of the Dewan Rakyat. .
Pandikar read out a three-page statement at a press conference at his home here today in a response to Mahathir’s remarks at a forum in Ipoh on Saturday as well as at the launch of his books yesterday in Putrajaya.
Mahathir had said that Pandikar had embarrassed him by releasing a media statement dismissing his (Mahathir’s) announcement of his resignation.
“It is true I met Tun Mahathir at his office at Yayasan Al-Bukhary on March 13.”
At that meeting they discussed many things, including the current political situation in peninsular Malaysia and Sabah, said Pandikar.
“I also admit that I poured my heart out to him about my frustrations over my duties as speaker and expressed my wish to resign.”
Pandikar said he had informed Mahathir he would not be preside the Dewan Rakyat session from March 11 to April 9 and that his duty would be carried out by the two deputies.
“At that point, in his eagerness to bring down Datuk Seri Najib as prime minister, he did not advise me to meet with the prime minister to discuss the matter so that a solution could be reached, but told me to resign immediately.”
According to Pandikar, on March 19 he met with Najib at his office at Parliament and spoke to him about resigning and handed a letter dated March 18.
“The prime minister did not accept the letter, nor did he even read it. Instead, he asked me the reasons which had led me to want to resign.”
Pandikar stressed that his intention to resign was not because of furniture or office equipment in the speaker’s office or other trivial matters.
He said he also wished to end his misunderstanding with Mahathir, for whom he had great respect and regarded as a father.
“I wish to reiterate that I would not do anything to embarrass him.
“He had embarrassed himself. Clearly in this matter, Tun Dr Mahathir had not lied and I had not lied either,” said Pandikar. — Bernama