24 Oct 2016
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad today published two letters said to be from his then deputy Musa Hitam, to rebut Musa’s claim that he resigned from cabinet after Mahathir accused Musa of trying to oust him.
Musa said this in his recently published memoir ‘Frankly Speaking’.
Instead, Mahathir said on his blog, that Musa resigned because he did not like Mahathir offering Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah the trade and industry minister post in 1984.
“To see how truthful Musa’s frank story about himself, please read his two letters. The copy of the original is not legible, so I have printed the contents. You can compare,” he said.
The original letters were not published in full, but Mahathir appended a transcript of what was written.
He also said he cannot uphold Musa’s desire for secrecy, by publishing the letters, since Musa’s memoir implies he has nothing to hide.
The first letter, said to be from July 5, 1984, was marked ‘Top Secret’ while the second letter from July 31, 1984 noted that the contents are secret.
Tengku Razaleigh was trade and industry minister from 1984 to 1987, while Musa Hitam was deputy prime minister from July 18, 1981 to March 16, 1986.
In 1987, Tengku Razeleigh challenged Mahathir for the Umno presidency leaving a rift that would lead to Umno declared illegal, after Mahathir won the polls in a razor-thin margin.
Musa Hitam blames ‘AIDS’ for rift with Mahathir
Published 15 Aug 2016, 3:25 pm Updated 15 Aug 2016, 3:55 pm
It is often claimed that Musa Hitam resigned as deputy prime minister in 1986 due to irreconcilable differences with his then boss, Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
However, the decision to quit, was not something that built up over time, but happened rather suddenly when Mahathir accused Musa of trying to topple him.
This false accusation, Musa believes, was spread by a trio, who were known as “AIDS” – which is short for Anwar Ibrahim, Daim Zainuddin, and Sanusi Junid.
Ex-Utusan editor confirms ‘AIDS’ attacked Musa
Published 16 Aug 2016, 12:11 pm Updated 16 Aug 2016, 2:48 pm
Former Utusan Malaysia group chief editor Zainuddin Maidin has confirmed that Musa Hitam fell victim to false allegations during his time as the deputy prime minister.
Zainuddin said the allegations – spread by Anwar Ibrahim, Daim Zainuddin and Sanusi Junid, collectively known as ‘AIDS’ – had driven a wedge between Musa and then prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The trio had spread rumours that Musa was eyeing the top post in order to fulfil Anwar and Sanusi’s own ambitions to become prime minister, as well as Daim’s desire to become the hidden “king maker”, according to Zainuddin.
“As the chief editor of Utusan, close to the then deputy prime minister Musa Hitam at that time, I saw for myself the truth to his claims that he was made the sacrificial lamb because Mahathir believed AIDS’ false accusations he wished to topple Mahathir as the prime minister.
“It is because of those accusations that he stepped down in 1986, after Mahathir himself brutally confirmed it,” Zainuddin (photo) wrote on his blog today.
Mahathir, he said, had also been uneasy with the fact that Musa often jokingly referred to him as “bomoh” (shaman) during the then deputy prime minister’s weekly meetings with newspaper editors.