PETALING JAYA: Raja Petra Kamarudin has been accused of fabricating an account of what transpired in a meeting between former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Friday.
Raja Petra had written that the royal audience had been “a disaster” for Dr Mahathir when Tuanku Abdul Halim had implicitly questioned the authenticity of a purported 1.4 million signatures on a petition to dismiss the prime minister, Najib Razak.
Tuanku Abdul Halim had allegedly also made reference to Dr Mahathir’s speculation in May that the King and the Rulers were “being held under house arrest” by the federal government, Raja Petra claimed.
In a statement today, Mahathir loyalist Khairuddin Abu Hassan said Raja Petra was a liar.
He said he had accompanied Mahathir to Istana Anak Bukit in Alor Setar but was not privy to what transpired, and it was incredulous that Raja Petra could have had knowledge on what went on despite living abroad.
“The meeting on that day was only between the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and Mahathir without anyone else,” he said in the statement. “Even I do not know the details of the discussions,” he said. “I can guarantee no one else knows what was discussed.”
He said it was laughable that Raja Petra, who now lives in Britain, could know every word of the discussion.
Khairuddin also issued a challenge for Raja Petra to return to Malaysia and fight face to face.
“Whatever you want to say, let it be face to face. Like how I am fighting Najib Razak,” Khairuddin said.
Khairuddin, formerly vice-head of Batu Kawan Umno, was expelled after being part of Mahathir’s campaign to oust Najib Razak as Umno president and prime minister. He and former Mahathir aide Matthias Chang were detained for investigations after attempting to lodge reports abroad about Najib and 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
On Friday, Raja Petra, in an article at Malaysia Today, said Mahathir had been “quite stunned” when Tuanku Abdul Halim had asked if Mahathir could guarantee the authenticity of all the 1.4 million signatures on the Citizens’ Declaration.
He said Mahathir finally replied “after some pause” that “these were what was given to him”.
In another article yesterday, Raja Petra said that Dr Mahathir had brought with him only the original Citizens’ Declaration publicly signed by 45 politicians and a few activists.
Dr Mahathir had only handed over “a small envelope that did not contain the alleged 1.4 million signatures” which would have made up a document “as thick as an encyclopaedia, and maybe a few volumes”, he said.