6 November 2015
Dr M: Police asked questions, I said I’ll not answer
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad appeared unfazed by the 45-minute police questioning session.
Speaking to reporters later, the 90-year-old Umno veteran laughed when posed with questions.
“They (the police) asked questions. I said I will not answer. I don’t censor anything,” he said.
On whether the police would take action against him, an unperturbed Mahathir replied: “It’s up to them. I don’t know.”
Mahathir also dismissed the speculation that he might once again quit Umno in his bid to oust Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
“No, that’s my party,” he responded with a laugh.
Dr M’s lawyer says 90 yr old former pm was questioned for 45 minutes, police took statement & left
“They asked questions, I said I will not answer…” Former PM Dr Mahathir on being questioned by police
Police visited Msia former pm Dr Mahathir‘s office, he’s being probed for his defamatory remarks
Police expected to interview Tun M today http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/11/police-expected-interview-tun-m-today …
KUALA LUMPUR: Police investigators probing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over alleged defamatory statements are expected to question the former prime minister today.
An aide to Dr Mahathir told the New Straits Times that police will conduct the recording of statement at the latter’s office at the Yayasan Albukhary, here, at 11am.
A police vehicle with three officers in it was seen being driven into the office compound at 10.40am, presumably to interview Dr Mahathir.
Police arrived at Yayasan Albukhary to interview Tun M, believed to be over alleged defamatory comments at Bersih 4
22 October 2015
M’sian police investigating Mahathir
M’sian police are investigating ex-PM Mahathir Mohamad for defaming current PM Najib Razak. http://ebx.sh/1ZZIJGe
Malaysian authorities are investigating ex-prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, for allegedly making defamatory comments about current leader Najib Razak during the Bersih 4 rally in August, according to Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The investigation centred around three statements by the former Malaysian head of state, who was calling for Mr Najib’s resignation in the wake of issues such as the 1MDB scandal, corruption accusations and the country’s sliding economy.
In a written reply to the Dewan Rakyat, Dr Zahid said: “Of the three, one has been completed and referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) on Oct 9 for further action.”
He added that the remaining investigations were still in progress, saying: “The investigation papers will be referred to the deputy public prosecutor for comments and further directive after investigations are completed.
9 September 2015
Siti Hasmah: I can’t say I’m ready for Dr M to be jailed
Police action against former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad is just a fact of life, said his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali.
“That is politics, that is the way of life in Malaysia,” she told reporters outside the Subang Airport today.
She said this when asked how she feels about action being taken against a long serving former leader like Mahathir.
Asked if she was ready for Mahathir to be jailed, Siti Hasmah said she was uncertain.
“I don’t know what is going on, so I can’t say if I am prepared,” she said.
Mahathir: Go ahead, arrest me for attending Bersih rally
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has told the police to go ahead and arrest him for attending the Bersih 4 rally.
“That’s their right. Tangkaplah (Just arrest me). What’s there to cooperate with,” he told reporters outside the Subang Airport today.
Mahathir added that the allegations he made during the protest that Umno division leaders had been bribed by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is true.
“That’s what I know. I know they will bribe. Don’t bluff. Don’t lie,” he said.
Mahathir arrived at the Subang Airport at 11.15am, after a trip to the Czech Republic.
#ICYMI Spotted! Among Mahathir’s supporters at the airport seen wearing ‘Undur Najib’ red T-Shirts.
Former PM Mahathir returns, greeted by some 50 supporters at Subang airport. More to follow: http://malaysiakini.com
Crowd & PERKASA gathered at Subang Airport waiting for Tun Dr Mahathir
3 September 2015
Mahathir is currently in Jordan, and is expected to return to Malaysia on Sept 9.
Dr M to be investigated for criminal defamation
Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code on criminal defamation for the remarks he made during Bersih 4, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said today.
The police might go soft on Mahathir, Khalid said, when asked if the former prime minister would be given special treatment.
“I do not want to discuss it now. But of course, he is a statesman and we have to take good care of our statesmen,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.
Khalid said Mahathir, 90, was being investigated after an Umno division leader lodged a report against him.
Bersih 4 – Nazri tells cops not to waste time on Dr M
Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz today urged the police not to waste their time to summoning and questioning Dr Mahathir Mohamad for attending the recent Bersih 4 rally.
“Let’s not waste your time. No need to summon him unless he has committed an offence,” he said at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur this evening.
Nazri said Mahathir didn’t go to the rally to throw a bomb or break doors and windows, so there wasn’t a problem in him joining the protest.
He urged those who found fault in Mahathir joining in the rally to instead use Mahathir’s attendance to promote government and show that it was an administration that cared for senior citizens.
“This is a good advertisement for Malaysia. We are taking good care of our old folk until they are so energetic and can join protests, ” he said.
In an unprecedented move over the weekend, Dr Mahathir attended both days of the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur.
Dr Mahathir, who was prime minister from 1981 to 2003, was notorious for clamping down on any demonstration against the government.
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be investigated for his involvement in the Bersih 4 rally.
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said police want to find out more about the claims Mahathir made during the protest.
“We will call him (Mahathir), he has made speeches and accusations.
“Among them he claimed Umno leaders had taken bribes, so we want to find out more,” Khalid said.
Speaking at a press conference in Port Klang today, the top cop said Mahathir will be called in soon.
Khalid also confirmed that Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali will be probed for joining the rally as well.
“We will investigate all prominent leaders who joined Bersih,” he said.
Malay Mail Online
I had no choice but to join Bersih 4 rally, Dr M says
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 ― Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today claimed that he was forced to take part in the Bersih 4 rally over the weekend despite being opposed to public demonstrations, claiming that the current leadership has removed all other avenues to seek recourse over the nation’s troubles.
In a continuation of his dogged criticism of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Dr Mahathir claimed that his one-time protege is leading the country to ruin with worsening racial relations, rising living costs and burgeoning national debt.
“This is the future of Malaysia if Najib remains (as prime minister). All avenues to change the prime minister according to the law and nation’s Constitution have been closed by Najib,” he said in his latest post on his blog.
“Only through the voice of the people helped by a vote of no confidence in the Dewan Rakyat can we take down Najib and save the country from the corrupt.
“Hence I was forced to take part in the street demonstration organised by Bersih with the theme of removing Najib due to corruption, and I urge all Umno and BN Dewan Rakyat members to support the vote of no confidence against Najib.
“BN will not fall after Najib is removed. BN is still the majority party,” Dr Mahathir said.
Mahathir: Some ask if I now back DAP, and Chinese
Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s decision to make a double appearance at the 34-hour Bersih 4 over the weekend has courted brickbats from Umno leaders.
In a blog posting today, the former premier responds to the questions and criticisms.
“Many are asking if I am now a Bersih supporter, do I support DAP and (Lim) Kit Siang.
“Some have also asked if I am now favouring the Chinese,” he said.
According to Mahathir, he does not agree with street demonstrations because there are other channels which can be used to pressure the government when it abuses power.
However, he said in the case of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, the other channels have been blocked.
Read what subscribers to Malaysiakini say:
Dr M is right, Najib fears prison
YOURSAY ‘Dr M’s lone voice is louder and stronger than all the Umno’s.’
Quigonbond: Former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad would within his own set of principles try not to lend too much credence to civil disobedience because in his mind, rallies are what made him retired while he was at the top.
To him, former DPM Anwar Ibrahim was wrong to try to unseat him. But we have come a long way from May 13 and even reformasi. Bersih is organised by civil society, of civil society and for civil society.
As he begrudgingly admits, it was the tool to bring down Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines. And isn’t that a fitting analogy when we compare Imelda’s lavish lifestyle with Rosmah Mansor?
Hence, there is nothing wrong if Mahathir decides that Malaysians are finally ready to use rallies as a forum to express disaffection.
It is a tool, and every tool can cut both ways. So he should also accept that Bersih can also continue to protest if BN continues to be corrupt and incompetent, whoever is at the helm.
Justine Gow: More important than a change in the leader is the reformation of institutions of governance to strengthen the rule of law.
As Malaysians can now clearly see, the many decades of hard work in nation building can be easily destroyed by just one rogue leader if there is no proper check and balance between the different branches of the government.
The progress made by earlier leaders can be protected and preserved for future generations only if power is not concentrated in the hand of one person.
What is the use for a country to have nine consecutive benevolent dictators achieving greatness and prosperity that can be readily and completely ruined in just a short time by one powerful corrupted successor?
Gerard Lourdesamy: On the issue of 1MDB and PM Najib Razak’s gross abuses of power, Mahathir has my vote.
If elections cannot be held in the short term and the no-confidence vote is thwarted by bribery and intimidation, and if the rakyat are prevented from toppling the leadership through mass protests like in the Philippines and Indonesia, then extra-constitutional means are justified to remove an unwanted leader.
Was it wrong to topple Marcos in the Philippines or Suharto in Indonesia? Was it wrong to topple the Shah in Iran, Gaddafi in Libya, Mubarak in Egypt or Ben Ali in Tunisia? What about the French and Russian revolutions?
All regimes that are corrupt and despotic deserve to be toppled if democratic processes are no longer working. Democracy is not just about having an election every five years which in our case is never free or fair.
Neither is it about having a rubber stamp parliament where the executive wields complete control over the legislature. Or having a judiciary that is afraid of displeasing the executive and upholding the constitution.
As it stands, it is Najib who is undermining and effectively destroying our parliamentary democracy in order to avoid losing power and being prosecuted for corruption.
Not Convinced: Mahathir is right. Najib is clinging on to power because he is afraid to go to jail.
Touche: Indeed, Dr M’s lone voice is louder and stronger than all the Umno’s and Najib’s cronies put together.
Mushiro: DPM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein refused to acknowledge Najib’s 1MDB RM42 billion scandal and the RM2.6 billion ‘donation’.
These are Mahathir’s main reasons for demanding Najib to resign and before Najib leads the country to bankruptcy.
The way Najib dismantled the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and special task force investigating him was suspect, as both the PAC and task force were closing in on him.
For Zahid and Hishamudddin to still support Najib is not blind loyalty but loyalty in exchange for rewards.
Mahathir returns to Bersih…
#Bersih4: “No Arab will give to anybody that kind of money. Nobody will give a lot of money to anybody, not that amount – RM2.6 billion.
So where does the money come from? The only money that can come will be through 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad), this is a company created by him not even with the consent of his Cabinet,” said Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad at the rally earlier today: bit.ly/MMOBersih4
Tun Dr Mahathir stirs the crowd. Says he not present for
#Bersih4 demands but for PM Najib’s resignation.
Dr M cites Marcos, says rallies needed for lawless gov’ts – “If the government is not concerned about the law, you… http://ow.ly/33oKVW
LANGSUNG: Dr Mahathir lawat perhimpunan Bersih 4 sekali lagi http://bit.ly/1JoGUb5
Demonstrasi jalanan satu-satunya cara jatuhkan Najib, kata Dr Mahathir https://shar.es/1v78P1
Frenzy over Dr Mahathir’s 2nd Bersih appearance https://shar.es/1vu1Ue
After his sensational visit to the Bersih 4 rally yesterday, dubbed an “illegal” rally by the government, former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad made a second visit to the rally today.
The former PM with his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Ali arrived at Kuala Lumpur Komuter station at about 4.30pm, accompanied by former law minister Zaid Ibrahim.
Unlike his flash visit yesterday that Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today played down as a mere six-minute appearance of little significance, Mahathir showed up his critics and gave a speech to address the rally in Pasar Seni.
In this second visit, he stayed for about one hour, including giving a 20-minute press conference at a restaurant after addressing the crowd and reporters at the entrance of Central Market.
Mahathir said he was there because he supported the people, but was cautious to say he did not support “Bersih”.
Later at the press conference, he elaborated that the people were right to demonstrate as the government no longer cared for the people.
He also countered Zahid’s claim that Mahathir’s visit yesterday did not imply support for the rally, by declaring, “[…] I think I have shown my stand here that I support this demonstration against the government.
“My spirit is with you all,” said the 90-year-old former premier.
Bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hadir ke perhimpunan
#Bersih4 petang ini.