I did not or­der po­lice raid on Na­jib’s home, says Ma­hathir

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

PETAL­ING JAYA: Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad says he did not or­der the po­lice raid on the pri­vate res­i­dence of his pre­de­ces­sor and was not be­hind the odd hour it was con­ducted.

“I sup­pose the po­lice had their rea­sons to con­duct the raid. I don’t have the de­tails.

“The po­lice have their SOP (stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure),” he told a press con­fer­ence at Yayasan Se­lan­gor.

The Prime Min­is­ter was com­ment­ing on the po­lice raids on the pri­vate res­i­dence of Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak in Ta­man Duta and two lo­ca­tions at Pav­il­lion Residences in Kuala Lumpur.

The other lo­ca­tions searched were Seri Per­dana and the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice in Pu­tra­jaya.

Six­teen po­lice cars and one truck were seen out­side the Ta­man Duta home shortly af­ter 10.30pm on Wed­nes­day, with the op­er­a­tion to re­move doc­u­ments be­lieved to be linked to the 1MDB probe last­ing past the wee hours and into the evening yes­ter­day.

Asked about his di­rec­tive that the po­lice should not be overzeal­ous in their ac­tions, Dr Ma­hathir said: “My in­struc­tion is very clear. I am not go­ing to tor­ture peo­ple and things like that.”

He added that he wanted peo­ple to be treated de­cently.

To a ques­tion on whether Na­jib’s wife Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor would also be in­ves­ti­gated, Dr Ma­hathir said the po­lice were tasked with in­ves­ti­gat­ing all crim­i­nal cases, no mat­ter who was in­volved.

He said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion also in­volved sev­eral min­istries and gov­ern­ment bod­ies such as the Malaysian Anti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion and the Na­tional Au­dit De­part­ment.

Dr Ma­hathir, who is sched­uled to re­ceive Sin­ga­pore Prime Min­is­ter Lee Hsien Loong in Pu­tra­jaya to­mor­row, said he would seek the lat­ter’s help on the 1MDB probe if needed.

“If there is a need for me to ask him for help, I will ‘shout’ for help,” he said.

On the meet­ing, Dr Ma­hathir said no agenda had been set yet.

“If he raises any is­sue, we will dis­cuss it but at the mo­ment, I am still try­ing to fig­ure out our stance with re­gards to cer­tain is­sues which we have not fi­nalised yet,” he said.

On China, Dr Ma­hathir said the Pakatan Hara­pan Gov­ern­ment had made it clear that it wanted to look into all the con­tracts signed.

He said Malaysia could in­cur huge debts which it could not af­ford, but added that the Gov­ern­ment would re­spect all agree­ments.

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