‘NOTH­ING ON DR M’S PAST SCAN­DALS’

‘Noth­ing to Hide 2.0’ will fo­cus only on 1MDB is­sue to top­ple PM, says blog­ger

New Straits Times - - News - HIDIR REDUAN KUANTAN hidirre­d­uan@nst.com.my

THE pro­posed “Noth­ing to Hide 2.0” fo­rum be­tween Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad and Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak will not touch on the pur­ported scan­dals that plagued the premier­ship of the former dur­ing his 22 years in power.

In­stead of touch­ing on the Me­mali mur­ders, the Mam­inco Sdn Bhd tin dis­as­ter, the Bank Ne­gara Malaysia forex scan­dal and a mul­ti­tude of scan­dals dur­ing Dr Ma­hathir’s time as prime min­is­ter, it will just touch on the 1Malaysia Devel­op­ment Bhd (1MDB) is­sue.

Ac­cord­ing to a post­ing on the Malaysia Today portal by blog­ger Raja Pe­tra Ka­marudin, the pro­posed de­bate would only fo­cus on the 1MDB is­sue as the other is­sues would not be able to top­ple Na­jib.

“All those scan­dals (dur­ing Dr Ma­hathir’s premier­ship) may have cost the na­tion more than RM100 bil­lion, but the ‘Noth­ing to Hide 2.0’ de­bate will not be dis­cussing all those.

“In­stead, they want to dis­cuss just one is­sue, 1MDB.

“They need to dis­cuss just this one is­sue, not the many other and big­ger is­sues be­cause all those is­sues can­not bring Na­jib down, but they hope the 1MDB is­sue will.

“Only what can bring Na­jib down mat­ters and all the rest do not,” Raja Pe­tra wrote.

In ad­di­tion to the in­ci­dents in­volv­ing Me­mali, Mam­inco and Bank Ne­gara, Raja Pe­tra also listed other scan­dals that plagued Dr Ma­hathir’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, such as the murder of Jalil Ibrahim, who was sent to Hong Kong to in­ves­ti­gate the Bu­mi­put­era Malaysia Fi­nance Ltd scan­dal; the Per­waja Steel scan­dal; Operasi Lalang; the sack­ing of the chief jus­tice (lord pres­i­dent) and the var­i­ous judges whom Dr Ma­hathir al­legedly could not con­trol; the Petronas Twin Tower (sic) that bil­lion­aire Tan Sri T. Ananda Kr­ish­nan was said to have got­ten for free af­ter Petronas was made to buy one tower at dou­ble the cost; the Bakun Dam scam; the Petronas bailout of Bank Bu­mipu­tra Malaysia Bhd; the Petronas bailout of Con­sor­tium Perka­palan; the Port Klang Free Zone scan­dal; the buy-back of Malaysia Air­lines (MAS) at 117 per cent above mar­ket price; and the Boustead Naval Ship­yard scan­dal.

Raja Pe­tra was com­ment­ing on an an­nounce­ment on Wed­nes­day by Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) Ar­mada (Youth) chief Syed Sad­diq Syed Ab­dul Rah­man that a public de­bate would be held be­tween Dr Ma­hathir and Na­jib. Dr Ma­hathir is PPBM chair­man.

“By call­ing it the ‘Noth­ing to Hide 2.0’ de­bate, they may not be able to at­tract as many peo­ple as they would if they called it the ‘Jatuhkan Na­jib 9.0’(Top­ple Na­jib 9.0) de­bate in­stead, be­cause in essence that is what it is: a ninth at­tempt to oust Na­jib since July 2015,” Raja Pe­tra said.

“Na­jib has more lives than a cat.”

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