LANGKAWI: Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that he failed to understand why some people let themselves be easily swayed by a person currently facing trial over alleged theft.
He reminded the people to be cautious when choosing their leaders, so as to prevent the country from being administered by crooks.
Mahathir said: “We have come to a stage where people are kissing the hands of a thief, calling him Bossku (my boss), saying that it’s okay when bossku swindles money, that it’s okay to steal. I don’t understand how people can be influenced by someone who is facing trial for cheating, for stealing money.”
The prime minister made his remarks at a press conference here after visiting a 5G demonstration project.
Bossku is a term used by former prime minister Najib Razak during his meet-the-people sessions throughout the country. He is currently on trial on charges relating to the 1MDB scandal.
Mahathir said: “If they (voters) want him back, okay. For the 15th (general) election, choose him. But then, don’t expect PH to take over again, to fix the (government) administration again. If voters in this country feel that crooks should run this country because crooks give you a lot of money, well go ahead. But from PH, there’s no way we are going to give money, stolen money to the people.”
The prime minister said this in response to an international news agency report today that Pakatan Harapan would be just a one-term government as it did not make changes and stop infighting.
Mahathir said PH would not be a one-term government, but the previous government had left many problems that PH needed to tackle.
Times were different from his first tenure in office from 1981-2003, where everything was in place and every decision would be carried out to the letter.
“Now, we have to clean up the administration, find money to pay debts, send those who are efficient into retirement because they were involved in corruption.
“New people have to take over but of course, they are not as good as the old ones. At the end of the day, PH is well known (for all the other reasons) because it does not know how to brag (about the good things it has done),” he added.