‘Govt not try­ing to erase Dr M’s legacy’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PETALING JAYA: Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak has ques­tioned for­mer premier Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s claim that Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak is try­ing to erase his legacy by killing off na­tional car­maker, Pro­ton.

Salleh said if the claim was true, there would be many other le­ga­cies of the 91-year-old that needs to be de­stroyed.

“If the gov­ern­ment is keen to de­stroy his legacy, KLCC would also have to be de­mol­ished. How­ever the gov­ern­ment to­day is based on the ‘peo­ple first’ pol­icy, which is to de­velop fa­cil­i­ties that ben­e­fit the rakyat over­all and not for a se­lected group of peo­ple, as hap­pened dur­ing (Ma­hathir)’s ad­min­is­tra­tion,” he said in re­sponse to a re­cent blog post­ing by Ma­hathir.

Salleh said the role Ma­hathir played in launch­ing Pro­ton, which pro­duced the first na­tional car the Pro­ton Saga in 1985, can­not be de­nied.

While deny­ing the gov­ern­ment is try­ing to shut Pro­ton down, Salleh said the gov­ern­ment had loaned RM1.5 bil­lion to the na­tional car­maker in April.

“The in­jec­tion was to help the au­to­mo­tive com­pany to pay its ven­dors,” he said.

On Wed­nes­day, Ma­hathir posted on his blog that the gov­ern­ment was try­ing to erase his name from Pro­ton by pre­vent­ing its staff from hav­ing any con­tact with him or his sup­port­ers.

“My name can­not be tied to Pro­ton. It has to be 100% sold to for­eign­ers so that the na­tional car in­dus­try is elim­i­nated. Only im­ported cars should be sold in Malaysia,” he said in his post­ing.

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