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Monday, September 21, 2015

Why did Mahathir not sue?


Salleh Said Keruak

The argument is simple. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has made certain allegations against Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. If the allegations are not true then Najib should sue WSJ. If Najib refuses to sue then that can only mean the allegations are true. Najib is therefore guilty.

According to an ex-WSJ editor, Barry Wain, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad has squandered an estimated RM100 billion during his the 22-year rule. According to the inflation calculator, RM100 billion, say in 1990, is worth RM225 billion today.

In his book ‘Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times’, Wain writes that the Dr Mahathir administration, which took office in 1981 with the slogan, “clean, efficient, trustworthy”, was almost immediately embroiled in financial scandals that “exploded with startling regularity”. By the early 1990s, says Wain, cynics remarked that it had been “a good decade for bad behaviour, or a bad decade for good behaviour”.

Dr Mahathir never sued Wain so the allegations remain. And because Dr Mahathir did not sue Wain does this mean the allegations are true? But then if Najib refuses to sue the WSJ, Dr Mahathir says that can only mean the allegations are true.

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