Dr Mahathir tells those backing Najib to also declare support for 1MDB

Dr Mahathir tells those backing Najib to also declare support for 1MDB

PETALING JAYA - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has asked those supporting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to also declare their support for the controversial 1Malaysia Development Bank (1MDB), which has accumulated debts of RM42billion (S$57 billion).

The former prime minister said Najib's supporters should also support Low Teik Jho, also known as Jho Low, who purportedly managed 1MDB's investments.

"As a result of the exposure regarding the Altantuya case and 1MDB, Najib is now getting pledges of support from Umno division heads, Barisan Nasional, MIC, Senators and all kinds of groups," he said in a posting on his chedet.cc blog Thursday.

"I am not asking anybody to support me. But I am going to ask all those who support Najib to declare they all support his 1MDB, 1MDB borrowing RM42 billion and his inability to answer where the money is when asked," he said.

Mahathir said he had asked Najib simple questions, but instead of answering them, Najib asked people to support him.

"I would like to ask the supporters whether their support means the disappearance of RM42bil is okay, that there is no necessity to at least explain where the money is.

"If you do, go tell (Tun) Daim (Zainuddin), Tengku Razaleigh (Hamzah), (Tan Sri) Shahrir Samad and Khairy Jamaluddin to shut up," he said.

1MDB, established by the Government in 2009 to drive strategic investments, has come under heavy criticism for accumulating debts.

Dr Mahathir also asked Najib's supporters if they supported keeping billions of ringgit in the Cayman Islands and the explanation that the money cannot be brought back to Malaysia because Bank Negara would ask too many questions.

"Do you support purchase of government land in KL at far below market price, revaluing it to make it your asset while buying power plants from the private sector at well above market price," he wrote.

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