KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must investigate former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his sons on the wealth and shares they have accumulated over the years.
President of the Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI) Tan Sri Dr K. Kenneth Eswaran said in a statement that if misappropriations were found, appropriate action must be taken.
Claims recently surfaced that Dr Mahathir had paid DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang RM1 billion for the Pakatan Harapan chairperson position and a few other favours.
Dr Mahathir denied the claims and Kenneth said his portrayal as a champion of the people was a far cry from the authoritarian figure he was during his tenure as the country’s premier.
Kenneth also said that Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak was absolutely right to question Dr Mahathir’s denial that he did not have RM1 billion.
“Dr Mahathir once said that lavish lifestyle is a proof of corruption. However, Dr Mahathir should realize that the situation under his administration was no different.
“Certain individuals in his government including family members did accumulate assets and wealth far beyond what they could afford with their salaries.”
He added that Dr Mahathir was known as a shrewd and cunning politician during his tenure as prime minister.
Thus, it was irrational that he was unaware of corrupt practices during his time.
Kenneth also took a dig at Dr Mahathir’s three sons, saying, “the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.”
“The time has come for Dr Mahathir to come clean and explain to the rakyat on the source of wealth of his three sons, Mirzan, Tan Sri Mokhzani and Datuk Seri Mukhriz.
“It is mind-boggling that Mirzan, Mokhzani and Mukhriz could have accumulated such billions of ringgit in wealth in such a short period of time,” he said.
Kenneth added that the Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Bhd’s USD200 million buyout of Konsortium Perkapalan Bhd in 1998 was an example of how a bailout during Dr Mahathir’s time had benefited Mirzan.