Malaysian police record Dr M's statement

KUALA LUMPUR - A team of investigators from Bukit Aman have recorded a statement from former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Represented by a team of lawyers, Dr Mahathir had his statement recorded at the Al-Bukhary Foundation Building at around 11am on Friday.

Speaking to reporters outside the building, he said the police asked him questions which he did not answer.

"They asked questions and I said I will not answer. I did not," he said.

When asked if he was worried about being arrested, he said that it was up to them.

On questions of him quitting Umno, Dr Mahathir casually replied, "No, no. That is my party".

Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said three policemen from Bukit Aman took 45 minutes to record Dr Mahathir's statement.

"Together with lawyers Mohd Akmal Afiq Mohamad and Fahmi Abd Moin, Dr Mahathir answered some questions and we advised him not to answer the rest.

He said that the police asked Dr Mahathir general questions, but declined to give specifics.

When asked if it was a witness statement, Mohamed Haniff Khatri said he was not at liberty to say.

"Sometimes we lawyers also wonder why police take statements. If there is evidence, just arrest and charge in court," he said, adding that there was a possibility police would ask for another statement later on.

However, he added that there should be no more need for further statements as whatever needed to be said had already been said.

On Oct 22, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in a written Parliamentary reply, said that Dr Mahathir Mohamad was being investigated over calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said police had opened two investigation papers on complaints lodged against him under Section 500 of the Penal Code.