FOREIGN INTERFERENCE, DELIBERATE SABOTAGE AND DOUBLE STANDARDS
Statement by Minister of Communications and Multimedia
6 September 2016
1. For over a year, one American newspaper has launched attack after attack against Malaysia. However, not in a single one of these attacks has the Wall Street Journal been able to provide concrete documentary evidence or name the people who are making the allegations it reports. So how can we believe anything they write?
2. The WSJ now admit that 1MDB’s planned IPO did not proceed due to negative reporting. The truth is that the IPO was deliberately sabotaged. Specific media like the WSJ conducted a global campaign, acting as the willing vehicles of politically motivated forces like Tun Mahathir Mohamad. They knew the sabotaged IPO would lead to financial problems at 1MDB. If the company is left alone to proceed with its rationalisation programme, it will succeed.
3. Tun Mahathir committed the ultimate betrayal of Malaysia when he requested foreign powers to intervene and topple the Government that was elected by Malaysians. And all because of his selfish political interests.
4. Malaysia under this Government will never allow foreign interference in our internal affairs. All their attempts have failed, and will continue to fail. It must be very frustrating for the WSJ and those behind them that with each attack, Malaysia, the Government, Barisan Nasional and the Prime Minister grow stronger.
5. The irony is that the campaign against Malaysia comes at a time when serious questions are being raised about the links between business and politics in the WSJ’s own country. Are we to believe that the Department of Justice’s only investigation relates to Malaysia? How many US individuals and entities is the Department of Justice investigating? Why doesn’t the WSJ have teams dedicated to reporting on this with the same obsession?
6. All of this betrays the fact that there are double standards: one set of rules for the West, and another for developing countries such as Malaysia who refuse to be subservient.
Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Salleh Said Keruak
Minister of Communications and Multimedia