Saturday, July 11, 2015
RM42b has not lost
Salleh Said Keruak
The basis of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s attacks on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is that 1MDB has lost RM42 billion. In fact, the term Dr Mahathir used was ‘disappeared into thin air’.
Yesterday’s interim report, however, has shown that RM42 billion has not disappeared as Dr Mahathir alleged. No doubt this is only the interim report and the full report is not out yet. However, based on this early report it has already been established that the allegation is incorrect.
We can give Dr Mahathir the benefit of the doubt and assume that he is unable to understand financial reports and that he accused Najib not out of malicious reasons but due to this inability.
However, whatever the reason may be for this attack on Najib, Dr Mahathir has created public uneasiness and it has also allowed these allegations to be used by the foreign media to create instability in the country.
Considering this is the holy month of Ramadan, Dr Mahathir should apologise to Najib for this serious injustice not only to the Prime Minister but also to the entire nation.