By now, the name Mahathir would have been inducted into almost every Malaysian dictionary ever published. This perhaps would be different in Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s dictionary though. The name belongs to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who has been vocal about almost anything under the Malaysian skies.
For everything that Mahathir says, it is bound to have some sort of spiral effect. The truth is, no matter which side of the political fence you are in, there is no escaping Dr Mahathir. As such, the term Mahathirism seems to surface in many places. Mahathirism simply depicts the type of persona that Dr M brings with him and his influence on a lot of national issues. In his most recent statements:
24 May – He said that Najib had lied about the 1MDB money being brought back from the Cayman islands.
28 May – He said that no matter which minister says what, it is the Finance Minister who has to answer and be responsible if there are any wrongdoings.
4 June – Dr M hit out at the Second Finance Minister for announcing a structuring plan of repayment for 1MDB. Dr M said that repaying the debts does not solve the problem.
5 June – Dr M spoke about a ‘friend’ who visited him (purportedly referring to Tan Sri Datuk Lim Kok Wing who was appointed PR consultant for Najib).
11 June – Explains why he is behind ‘the crisis’ as blamed by Najib
Stay tuned for more things said by Dr M, the man who LOVES to speak and not afraid to do so.
25 June – It seems that there are some ‘hidden forces’ as the portrait of Mahathir has ‘blacked out’ at the Umno Headquarters in Putra World Trade Centre. The portraits of all former prime ministers are hung at the building but the officials claims that the bulb shining on Mahathir’s banner has ‘burned out’ and has yet to be replaced. Coincidence?
29 June – Dr M commented about the arrest of Justo in relation to the 1MDB fiasco. He said that there is no need to apologize after calls for those who criticized the PM to do so. Dr M is adamant that although Justo was arrested, the vast amounts of money has disappeared and that remains a FACT. Arresting Justo does not mean the money will be recovered. After all, there are signs that Justo could have been bribed. He wants to know where has the US$1.9billion gone.
7 July – Dr Mahathir chided Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman, the Foreign Minister for embarrassing the country during his interview with ‘The New York Times’ where the latter slammed Dr Mahathir over his relentless attacks against Najib. Mahathir said that Anifah was not embarrassed by the fact that Malaysia is now one of the top 10 most corrupt countries in the world.
In his latest posting, Dr Mahathir said Anifah is a minister who is defending his leader to secure his own position. In his last statement, Dr Mahathir said that the person who shamed the country is none other that Najib and ‘his 1MDB’.
31 July – Mahathir said that he will not say anything more about the whole 1MDB crisis and its debts. He said that this was because it is now a ‘crime’ to raise any questions or to elaborate on the issues relating to the debt-laden state investment firm. He said this during an event in Kuala Lumpur to reporters.
3 Aug – Dr Mahathir has clarified allegations that he had also put large sums of money into his personal accounts when he was the prime minister for election purposes. He explained that there were 3 trustees when he was the president of Umno where he was one of them when it comes to financial matters. He had directed that the cash in the bank and shares and title deeds be passed to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who was set to succeed him then which included RM200 million in cash and RM1.2 billion in shares and properties. He said that he was prepared to allow his personal accounts during his 22 years in power to be examined and that not a cent was deposited there.
10 Aug – Dr Mahathir wrote in his blog that democracy in Malaysia is now effectively DEAD! He said that Najib’s action over the 1MDB was unprecedented which was aimed at sustaining himself (Najib) and that the people are now loss as to what to do over actions being taken over the special task force which was supposed to investigate the investment fund, naming the former attorney-general, the PAC and the MACC.
Mahathir added that at the current situation, there will no longer be anything for anyone to undermine because democracy no longer exists. He added that if there is anyone who should be questioned by the police, it should be Najib.