Former Premier Mahathir Mohamed had been urged by 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) to stop his lies on the Special Haj Programme that was funded by 1MDB Foundation.
In a recent series of blog postings and public statements, Mahathir had alleged that the Haj sponsorship was funded through “stolen” money.
“1MDB strongly denies this baseless and unsubstantiated allegation.
“On the contrary, 1MDB has legitimate business operations, formerly in energy production and more recently, in real estate development.
“Funds generated from these business operations are contributed to 1MDB Foundation, which then uses such funds to sponsor the programme,” It said in a statement today.
It was also stated in the statement that since its inception in 2010, 1MDB Foundation has provided sponsorship for approximately RM 690 million of worthy causes across Malaysia and for all Malaysians, delivering 60 projects in education, healthcare, youth development and community services.
“Such projects have had an impact on the lives of 2.8 million Malaysians.
“Examples of such activities can be found on the 1MDB website, ranging from Dana PIBG Grants and Academic Grants to SPM / STPM students to Academic Grants for Sri Murugan Centre and Unified Examination Certificate Holders, as well as Dana Belia 1Malaysia and 1Malaysia Mobile Clinics,” the statement said.
Apart from Special Haj Programme, 1MDB Foundation also supports other programs such as the Public Service Department SPM Programme, which is currently sponsoring over 600 Malaysian scholars across all races.
It was reported that last December, Mahathir, who is also Parti Pribumi chairman, had made the contentious statement during a rally in Taman Wira Mergong in Alor Setar.
He claimed that the ‘purity’ of haj rituals funded by the 1MDB Foundation would be questionable, as the money was stolen by Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Prior to that, Mahathir had alleged that BR1M is a form of bribery to win over the people.