Tony Pua nails Mahathir, Daim

 |Apr 13, 2017
Tony Pua.

DAP’s Tony Pua said, “I will neither retract the statement, remove the video, publicly apologise to the prime minister nor offer to pay any amount of compensation to Najib Razak.”

He added this was because he made the statements based on “established facts which have not been disputed”.

In a nutshell Tony Pua is also saying that Mahathir Mohamad and Daim Zainuddin did rob Bank Negara Malaysia of US$10 billion – which would be worth about RM100 billion at today’s rate of exchange and rate of inflation (you can check this out using the Bank of England calculation) – if based on “established facts which have not been disputed”.

Ultra vires

On June 2, 2012, Lim Guan Eng, Anwar Ibrahim (who was finance minister at that time) and Rosli Yaakop (who was a Bank Negara deputy manager at that time) confirmed these losses and revealed that it was actually much larger than what Parliament was told in 1994.

They also revealed the names of the people behind these losses.

Until today Daim has not responded to these ‘established facts’ and all Mahathir could say was that the losses were ‘normal’ because when you do business it is normal that sometimes you make money and sometimes you lose money.

But then the Bank Negara Forex trading was not ‘normal’.

In fact, the then Attorney General Abu Talib Othman said that the forex trading was ultra-virus to the Bank Negara Act.

This was the attorney general talking.

And if it was ‘normal’ and if no crime had been committed, why did Mahathir and Daim ask Anwar to lie to Parliament in 1993 and again in 1994?

Lim Kit Siang, the then opposition leader, was so furious that Anwar lied that he demanded Anwar’s resignation.

Misguided attempt

So, the facts have been established, as Tony Pua said.

In fact, it was established back in 1994 in Anwar’s reply to Parliament (only that he lied about the figure being US$10 billion and told Parliament it was only a ‘paper loss’ of RM7 to RM8 billion.

Pua also said that Najib has never publicly disputed or denied the facts: meaning since it was never publicly disputed or denied then the allegation must be true (actually Prime Minister Najib Razak did publicly dispute and deny the allegation that he stole RM42 billion of 1MDB’s money).

Mahathir and Daim also have never publicly disputed and denied the allegation that they robbed Bank Negara of US$10 billion, which is worth RM100 billion at today’s rate of exchange and rate of inflation.

In fact, Anwar, too, has confirmed that he lied to Parliament in 1993 and 1994 and on June 2, 2012, he finally told the truth about what happened.

Mahathir and Daim never denied what Guan Eng, Anwar and Rosli Yaakop said on June 2, 2012.

Tony Pua is so dumb. I do not know whether to laugh or cry.

Unwittingly, he has painted Mahathir, Daim and Anwar into a corner.

In his misguided attempt to nail Najib, he instead nailed Mahathir, Daim and Anwar.

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Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.