At his own birthday do, Mahathir keeps up pressure on besieged prime minister
KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad, lauded at a birthday party last night as a Malaysian James Bond, had his own birthday wishes for the Prime Minister, Najib Razak.
“I hope he retires pleasantly and enjoys his retirement,” he was reported to have told waiting reporters.
Najib turned 62 on Thursday, while Dr Mahathir turned 90 on July 10.
Dr Mahathir has been at the forefront of a campaign against Najib for months, urging the Umno president and prime minister to step down because of the dubious financial transactions and investments of the debt-ridden investment company 1Malaysia Development Bhd, which is owned by the finance ministry.
Asked what he wished for his own birthday, Dr Mahathir said he hoped Malaysia would recover from its current challenges. “I hope this will all be over soon,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysian Insider.
The glittering black-tie birthday party last night at Berjaya Times Square was hosted by billionaire tycoon Vincent Tan, a close associate of Dr Mahathir’s over the past three decades.
The party, planned on the theme A Night of Stars, featured a large movie poster portraying Dr Mahathir as James Bond (Daniel Craig) in the film Skyfall.
Businessmen, politicians and celebrities were on the guest list. Among those attending were Cheras Umno leader Syed Ali Alhabshee, a staunch Najib supporter, as well as Mahathir ally A Kadir Jasin, a former New Straits Times group editor-in-chief, who has written extensively and critically on his blog about 1MDB.
Others reportedly present included AmBank chairman Azman Hashim, lawyer Rosli Dahlan, activist and former DAP politician Lee Lam Thye, comedian Harith Iskandar and singer Anuar Zain.