Show me my ‘billions’, Dr M tells Zaid

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PUTRAJAYA — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told former de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim yesterday to show evidence he has billions after Zaid said Pakatan Harapan’s decision makers were billionaires.

“I’m not sure whether he has the evidence and maybe he can show how many billions I have,” said the prime minister after launching Poh Kong Jewellers Sdn Bhd’s “Gold Note of Hope”.

Zaid blogged on Wednesday that PH’s 2018 election manifesto was written by idealists who promised a welfare state, and said the problem was that the “real” decision makers in the government were not socialists or supporters of the welfare system.

Instead, he said, they were billionaires and towkays who were in line with Dr Mahathir’s economic philosophy and liked selling assets and favoured creating more wealthy businessmen.

“That’s his opinion,” Dr Mahathir said in response yesterday. “I don’t have to agree with everybody. People are free to have their own opinions in this country.”

Dr Mahathir also said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must clarify why it did not charge former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman with corruption.

“Instead of the former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, who did not prosecute Musa, they (MACC) should explain to the public why in those days no prosecution had been done,” he said

“There is a reason for it. I think the matter is not fully understood and we will seek some clarification not from the A-G himself, but other people.”

Musa, who is the Sungai Sibuga assemblyman, was charged with 35 counts of corruption for allegedly receiving a total of US$63.3 million (RM263 million) in exchange for logging contracts issued between 2004 and 2008.

The “Gold Note of Hope”, made of 999.9 fine gold and weighing 0.1 grammes, was created by the jewellery company as a “tribute to the greatest leader of our nation”.

It is being sold for RM160 a piece, with RM30 from each purchase going to Tabung Harapan.