Na­jib crit­i­cises Tun M for hypocrisy, spend­ing mil­lions of ring­git to meet Bush

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SEPANG: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak has crit­i­cised Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad and la­belled the for­mer prime min­is­ter as a hyp­ocrite be­cause he was will­ing to spend mil­lions of ring­git to meet a for­mer United States pres­i­dent in 2002.

When dis­clos­ing the mat­ter, Na­jib said Dr Ma­hathir had paid RM7 mil­lion to lobby and meet with Ge­orge W Bush through a lob­by­ist re­sid­ing in Hong Kong.

“Dr Ma­hathir had used the late Tan Sri Me­gat Ju­nid as the main plan­ner. Pay­ment was made through the Batu Arang TNB (Te­naga Na­sional Ber­had) con­tract where mil­lions had been paid as he wanted to meet Bush very much.

“(Ma­hathir), Do not be a hyp­corite. Ma­hathir did not get the re­cep­tion like I did with the 45th US Pres­i­dent Don­ald J Trump,” he said when ad­dress­ing about 1,000 sup­port­ers who gave a loud ap­plause at the Bunga Raya Com­plex, KL In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KLIA) on Fri­day night.

The sup­port­ers had gath­ered since 6 pm and had come to ex­press their sup­port and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the suc­cess of the visit by Na­jib to the United States for three days be­gin­ning Sept 11 at the in­vi­ta­tion of Trump in con­junc­tion with the 60th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

Ac­cord­ing to the Prime Min­is­ter, the visit to the US was most suc­cess­ful and ex­plained that he did not go to the ma­jor power na­tion to plead for aid or to kneel down but to state that Malaysia had reached the stage of a global player.

“I give the pic­ture how Trump had re­ceived my pres­ence. Af­ter the meet­ing at the cab­i­net room, the pro­to­col of­fi­cer asked Trump to shake hands with me out­side his of­fice.

“Trump said ‘No, I want to send him to the car and the pro­to­col of­fi­cer said my car was in the base­ment, and Trump said ‘never mind, he is my friend’,” said Na­jib.

Com­ment­ing fur­ther, the Prime Min­is­ter said Trump con­sid­ered him as a friend and re­spected the Barisan Na­sional lead­er­ship.

“I had gone not be­cause of me per­son­ally but be­cause it was for Malaysia. If we have good re­la­tions with China and Saudi Ara­bia, (it’s) be­cause of Malaysia,” he said.

On the crit­i­cism for the pur­chase of the Boe­ing air­craft, Na­jib said he was only con­vey­ing the de­ci­sion made by Malaysia Air­lines Bhd (MAB) to Pres­i­dent Trump.

“Co­in­ci­den­tally, MAB had made a de­ci­sion in July last year to pur­chase 25 units of Boe­ing 737... This was a de­ci­sion made by MAB, I con­veyed it to Trump,” he said.

He added that Dr Ma­hathir’s crit­i­cism against the in­vest­ment by the Em­ploy­ees’ Prov­i­dent Fund (EPF) in the US was also con­tra­dic­tory with the state­ment by the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter ear­lier who en­cour­aged the EPF to in­vest abroad.

“Ï re­ceived the record of Dr Ma­hathir’s state­ment on April 26, 2005, he had said the EPF should in­vest more abroad so that de­pos­i­tors would re­ceive more dividends,” he said. - Ber­nama

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