Thursday, May 19, 2022

Minister challenges Mahathir to repeat his allegations

Secara Rawak

KUALA LUMPUR: Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak challenged former premier  to repeat 1MDB allegations at the campaign in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar bye-elections.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has stolen at least RM42 billion and maybe even as much as RM50 billion of 1MDB’s money.

“I challenge Mahathir to repeat this allegation during his campaign in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar since he has never withdrawn that allegation or apologised for making the allegation,” he said.

Polling for the bye-elections will be on 18 June.

The Minister also taunts Amanah over the Hudud Bill saying they are trapped in a dilemma, thus will avoid talking about it during the campaign.

“This is because Amanah cannot afford to declare that they oppose the syariah amendment and neither can they declare they support it. So Amanah is terkepit (caught) in a situation that does not allow them any leeway,” writes the minister on his blog.

Pakatan Harapan, in particular Parti Amanah Negara, was trying to avoid talking about the Private Member’s Syariah Amendment Bill issue in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-election campaigns, he said.

“Amanah needs the Chinese votes plus they hope to take some of the Malay votes. So Amanah cannot take any stand on the syariah amendment and, as they said a few days ago, they do not support or oppose the syariah amendment but just do not wish to take any stand at the moment,” he added.

Amanah also threatened to sue anyone who alleges that they oppose the syariah amendment.

Dr Mahathir, on the other hand, the de facto Opposition Leader, is trying to avoid talking about the 1.2 million signatures in his Kit Siang-Mahathir Declaration a.k.a. the Citizens’ Declaration due to the allegation of fraudulent signatures, which the police are now investigating.

According to Salleh, it looks like Mahathir has only one option left, which is to recycle last year’s allegation regarding 1MDB even though the AG, PAC and WSJ have all confirmed there is no evidence of misappropriation or wrongdoing in 1MDB. – Sarawakvoice.com

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