Friday, June 26, 2015

When Dr Mahathir talks about bias

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad defended Tony Pua against allegations of him being biased by saying that the entire PAC is biased. What Dr Mahathir means is why raise the issue of Tony Pua’s biasness when everyone who sits in the PAC is also biased?

So it is okay to be biased as long as you are not the only one who is biased but the entire committee is biased. It is only wrong when you are the only one who is biased.

This is becoming to sound very illogical.

Dr Mahathir is also upset that the Thai police arrested Xavier Andre Justo.

On the one hand Dr Mahathir demands that the truth regarding 1MDB be revealed but on the other hand when there are genuine attempts to seek this truth Dr Mahathir is not happy.

Why is Dr Mahathir trying to protect Justo? If Justo is innocent then surely the Thai police will release him. Why is Dr Mahathir suggesting that Justo is an innocent victim? Does Dr Mahathir know something the rest of the world does not? Or is Dr Mahathir worried that Justo might spill the beans and implicate others involved in this crime?

Dr Mahathir is suggesting that the Thai police cannot be trusted. That means Dr Mahathir is insinuating that the Thai police is corrupt.

We have to be very careful about such allegations in case we start a diplomatic incident with a neighbouring country. I remember back in 1998 when Dr Mahathir got very upset when foreign reporters wrote that the Malaysian police fixed Anwar up on fabricated charges at the behest of the Prime Minister.

Is not what Dr Mahathir doing exactly the same?

It is beginning to appear like Dr Mahathir has more to hide than the 1MDB he is accusing of trying to hide the truth. If Dr Mahathir wants the truth then let us seek the truth. But the truth needs to be sought the proper way and not Dr Mahathir’s way. After all, he does not have the monopoly on the truth.

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