Dr M slams Najib on 'broken promise'

Dr M slams Najib on 'broken promise'

PETALING JAYA - Former premier Mahathir Mohamad has unleashed another scathing attack against Najib Razak, saying that the Malaysian Prime Minister broke his promise to build a crooked bridge between Johor Baru and Singapore.

In a four-part interview uploaded on the Din Turtle blog two days after Mr Najib's television interview, Dr Mahathir responded that the Prime Minister had supported the project when he took over office from Abdullah Badawi.

"He was my hope after Pak Lah (Abdullah) resigned. He said he would build the bridge when he became the prime minister even if Singapore opposes to it. But he didn't," claimed Dr Mahathir.

Dr Mahathir said he was unhappy when Mr Najib broke his promise and appeared to "kowtow" to Singapore for not proceeding with the project.

"If Singapore does not agree to this, it is not my fault. It is our sovereign right, it is in our own territorial area, territorial waters. Half of that Causeway belongs to us. I'm not touching Singapore's side.

"He (Najib) said he made an agreement with Singapore, where is our independence? Are we part of Singapore?" questioned Dr Mahathir.

In a special interview with TV3 on Thursday, Mr Najib said Dr Mahathir's attacks against him could have been triggered by their disagreement on the crooked bridge and the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) cash handouts.

On BR1M, Dr Mahathir insisted that "feeding people with free money" was not the answer, and that creating jobs and providing education to the people were what the country needs.

"We should create jobs for the people, give them education, train them so that they can live and make money for themselves. You can give welfare, but only to the people who are in need of welfare," he said.

On the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy, Dr Mahathir said it was better for Mr Najib to resign now to prevent Barisan Nasional from losing in the next general election, as investigations into the company could take years to complete.

"It has to be now because we still have two years to recover. If he doesn't go now, the Public Accounts Committee and others will be investigating the matter for the next two or three years and come (the) general election, if he is still there, we will lose.

"I think there will be a lot of trouble for everyone. And those who cover up, they will have to pay the price," he said, adding that there should be "two or three" independent commissions to look into the matter.

"We need 'neutral' people to do a thorough investigation as to where the money went. Who was handling the money? Who is this Jho Low? Suddenly, he became very important. He is not a civil servant, suddenly he has such power," said Dr Mahathir, referring to businessman Low Taek Jho, who purportedly managed 1MDB's investments.

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