‘Another attempt by Dr M to use western media in anti-Najib campaign’


(Borneo Post) – Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has no option left but to exploit other channels like Western media after having lost his attempt to topple the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Umno and Parliament.

Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the Four Corners programme by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is another move by Dr Mahathir to use Western media as part of his Anti-Najib Campaign.

“Tun Dr Mahathir has no option left but to exploit other channels like Western media, whom he vilified when in power, and join forces with political opponents like Lim Kit Siang, whom he jailed when in power.

“Weaving together a disparate set of events, they (ABC) interviewed only Tun Mahathir and members of his Anti-Najib Campaign, who have publicly confirmed their intention to overthrow a democratically-elected government. There is no attempt at balance, and no proof provided to justify the wild claims,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Salleh said it has been confirmed by the police, public prosecutor and the courts that the three tragic deaths of Arab-Malaysian Development Bank (Ambank) founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi, Deputy Public Prosecutor Kevin Morais and Altantuya Sharibuu were in no way linked to the Prime Minister.

“As these murders have undergone comprehensive police investigation and court process, these malicious allegations are therefore an affront not just to the Prime Minister, but also to Malaysia’s police, judiciary and criminal justice system as a whole,” Salleh said.

He said Dr Mahathir and the Anti-Najib Campaign have been trying to attack the Prime Minister (Najib) on these issues for years, but there is absolutely no evidence of any wrongdoing, and there never will be – because these allegations are entirely false smears motivated by political gain.

Hussain had no involvement with AmBank since the 1980s and Prime Minister’s accounts were opened in 2011, he added.

“Hussain had not been part of Ambank for nearly 30 years, and had no involvement whatsoever in the accounts, police have confirmed that Hussain never lodged any reports related to the Prime Minister’s accounts while he was alive,” he said.

On Kevin Morais’ case, Salleh said the Attorney-General (AG) had publicly confirmed that Morais was never involved in any investigation relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) or the Prime Minister.

“Morais was transferred from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to the Attorney-General’s Chambers in July 2014, a year before the investigation into 1MDB was even launched.

“It was therefore physically impossible for Morais to have written any 1MDB-related charge sheet,” Salleh said.