KUALA LUMPUR: It is too late for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to change history on what was revealed in court 20 years ago, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.
Describing the former prime minister’s remarks as puzzling and contradicting, Salleh said Mahathir was badly mistaken if he thought he could change history as everything that happened since 1997 was well documented on the internet.
In a blog post, Salleh added that the PPBM chairman had 20 years to set the record straight if what had been reported was wrong.
“First of all, when it was revealed that Anwar Ibrahim had a ‘black eye’, Mahathir said most likely Anwar punched his own face.
“When it was finally revealed that the inspector-general of police (IGP) had punched Anwar, Mahathir did not offer any apology or retract his allegation that Anwar had punched his own face,” he said.
Salleh said former IGP Tun Hanif Omar then revealed that Mahathir had sent him to meet Anwar to advise him that the police were aware of his sexual misconduct and other activities, and that he should stop before these became public knowledge.
“Anwar never denied this meeting but said the meeting was about Hanif’s chairmanship of Genting, not about his sexual activities.
“This means Mahathir knew about Anwar’s activities long before August 1998 and he sent Hanif to meet Anwar to discuss the matter,” he added.
Salleh also slammed Pakatan Harapan (PH) for claiming that the 14th General Election (GE) would be the dirtiest election in Malaysia’s history.
He said it sounded like PH knew it was going to lose, which was why its leaders were using such an excuse to explain their defeat.
“They did this in GE13, and it was later proven that all the allegations of Bangladeshi voters and power failures were false,” he added. – Bernama