Anwar Ibrahim

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Anwar Ibrahim

‘Dr M Coward to Drag in Tunku Over Project IC’

Posted: 17 Jan 2013 08:24 PM PST


PKR has called former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad an "unscrupulous manipulator of history" for using the first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman’s name to justify the giving out of identity cards (IC) to foreigners in Sabah.

"The latest statement by Dr Mahathir Mohamad to clear himself of any wrong doing in the clandestine IC scam under probe by the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) shows him to be arrogant, unrepentant and an unscrupulous manipulator of history.

"Dr Mahathir's attempt to drag the first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, into the mud is despicable and cowardly.

"He is trying to pull wool over the eyes of the rakyat by equating the IC scam conducted shadily under his watch as prime minister, with the granting of citizenship in peninsula Malaysia during the Tunku's time," said PKR deputy president Azmin Ali (left) in a statement today.

Yesterday the long-serving PM responded to testimonies emerging from the Sabah RCI admitting he had indeed given out ICs to Filipinos during his administration, but claimed the move was legitimate.

Howeverhe did not comment on the IC-for-votes allegations raised, and instead justified his actions as above board and said that Tunku Abdul Rahman had done worse by giving citizenships to one million unqualified people in peninsula Malaysia during the latter’s tenure, referring to the the non-Malays.

The RCI over the past week heard testimonies alleging that illegal immigrants in Sabah had been issued ICs and other documents that had allowed them to vote, purportedly to help BN wrest and maintain power in the Borneo state since the 90s and for Umno to take root there.

Dr M’s ‘red herring’

Azmin said Malaysians were able to differentiate between a "shady operation shrouded in secrecy which is criminal, and one that was done in accordance with a collective decision during the formative period of our history of independence".

"In any event, the latter is not the subject of inquiry, whereas the IC project is. So, Dr Mahathir must stop throwing red herrings in the path just to distract us from the key issue," said the Gombak MP.

Azmin reminded that the testimonies during the RCI have alleged how perpetrators in the IC-for-votes "scam" stayed at the house of Mahathir's political secretary Aziz Shamsuddin and "used it as the operations centre to issue the fake ICs".

"Equally shocking is the testimony that (then-deputy home minister) Megat Junid Megat Ayub had instructed NRD senior officers to issue the IC receipts.

"Aziz Shamsuddin and Megat Junid could not have embarked on a scam of such a magnitude without the clearance of the man they would have to report to at that time and that would be none other than Dr Mahathir," said Azmin.

Calling Mahathir's response yesterday a "red herring", the PKR deputy chief repeated his call for the former PM to be investigated for "treason" for "for selling out our sovereignty".

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