Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), that all governments around the world must accept similar blame if he were to take personal responsibility for Malaysia’s corruption scandal. Dr Mahathir was interviewed on BBC HARDtalk programme, the programme with in-depth interviews with hard-hitting questions and sensitive topics by famous personalities.
“If I must accept the blame, then all governments have to do so because corruption is found everywhere to some degree.
“There is no country in the world that can boast it has no corruption at all,” he told the BBC host according to TheMalayMail.
The host of the programmed asked if Dr Mahathir could have set the motion of endemic corrupt practice that has tarnished Malaysia, since he was once the chairman of the ruling party (Barisan Nasional) coalition that ruled for over 60 years and was part of the “system”.
“No, the system will be the same, but the man is different.
“That system has had five prime ministers before him but there was no accusation of corruption on that scale against all of them,” he commented further.
The system can be abused and Former Prime Minister Najib Razak has allegedly used his authority to steal money through it, Dr Mahathir said. Najib Razak is currently facing trial to multiple counts of criminal breach of trust, money laundering, corruption, and abusing his power.
He also responded on questions regarding several billions of RM that allegedly went missing during his first tenure as prime minister as claimed in the book of Wall Street Journal’s Barry Wain, titled Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times. The alleged money did go missing but no one could prove Dr Mahathir was the one who took it for himself.
“We did lose money as some of our people got involved in trading currency, but I could not take the blame for somebody that was corrupt. It was not me.
“They have seen my house, my lifestyle and they know I do not live lavishly like my predecessor,” Dr Mahathir added.
by Bob Tan
2 October 2018 17:00 PM