Dr Mahathir lauds decision to vest power in macc over declaration of assets


PUTRAJAYA: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday commended Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for vesting power in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner over the declaration of assets by members of his administration, including ministers and their families.

Citing it as a wise move, Dr Mahathir said that when he was at the helm, Cabinet ministers had to declare their assets to him.

“I am not sure, perhaps all of them were quite poor then because no one had excessive assets except for (then Finance Minister) Tun Daim Zainuddin.

“He was already a millionaire when he joined the Cabinet, so he had much money,” he told reporters after a delegation from the Malaysian Council of Former Elected Representatives (Mubarak) called on him at the Perdana Leadership Foundation, here.

Asked if it would be better for Cabinet ministers to declare their assets to the people instead of the MACC, he said if that was done there would be no end to it and another commission would be needed to scrutinise the assets.

“I didn’t know of other millionaires in my Cabinet, but there was one millionaire who declared his assets. I had an Umno Youth chief who declared his assets … and I found that he had a lot of money … I asked him where he got the money from, but he had an explanation,” said Dr Mahathir.

To a statement from DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang that he (Dr Mahathir) should be audited for allegedly causing RM100 billion in losses to the country, Dr Mahathir, said: “I don’t mind the audit … not only on Tun (Dr Mahathir), even on Tun’s son, on all Tun’s grandchildren.”

On a statement by PAS Central Committee member Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad that the party was ready to accept a non-Muslim deputy president if it was necessary, Dr Mahathir said, “Good, they had labelled us infidels before. Now they can accept a non-Muslim as a leader. — Bernama