KUALA LUMPUR - Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has reacted cryptically to the three-month suspension of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily by the Home Ministry.
"Of course, we have to censor.
"The Edge and also all my friends are now the targets. I don't know why," he said.
It was not clear whom he was referring to.
Dr Mahathir said this after attending a birthday bash in his honour organised by business tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan Friday night.
Also present was veteran newsman Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, who questioned if the reasoning for the suspension was strong enough or if it was done as a spontaneous reaction.
"We have to see if this action has basis or was spontaneous.
"The Edge said it will challenge the matter in court. This is the only way out," he said.
Kadir added that in the past, newspapers and magazines had been suspended but the move was never challenged by the affected media.
"If The Edge proceeds with what it says it wants to do, then it is going to be an interesting case to watch," Kadir said.
It was reported that The Edge will be filing a judicial review of the suspension, which is effective July 27.
The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily had their licences suspended over their reports on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Meanwhile, asked what his birthday wish was, Dr Mahathir said he hoped things would get resolved quickly, referring to the current controversies in the country.
When asked what his birthday wish was for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, he said: "Well, I hope he retires pleasantly and enjoys retirement."
Najib turned 62 on Thursday while Dr Mahathir turned 90 on July 10.
The birthday bash saw businessmen, politicians and celebrities attending the gala dinner themed A Night Of Stars.
Among the guests were Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, former MIC chief Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk G. Palanivel, Cheras Umno division chief Datuk Seri Syed Alhabshee, broadway artiste Stephen Rahman Hughes, model Amber Chia, singer Anuar Zain and actress Sazzy Falak.