PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak tonight denied that corruption existed only during the Barisan Nasional government’s time in power.
Najib said there were many corruption cases during Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s stint as prime minister of the Pakatan Harapan government.
“There was corruption during Mahathir’s time. Everyone knows it happened during his time,” Najib said. And in that 22 months, it was up to Mahathir whether to take action or not, he said.
“To say that it only occurred during the BN era is unfair,” he said in an interview that was streamed online.
Last year, Mahathir told FMT that corruption had led to the subversion of the PH government two years after coming to power, when several MPs decided to switch sides in March 2020.
Najib also claimed that the more Mahathir, who is among his fiercest critics, ranted about him, the more the public grew disgusted with the elderly statesman.
He said he came to such a conclusion based on comments made on social media.
And if Mahathir continued ranting about him, Najib said that he would be the one benefiting from the tirade. “If he wants to continue (ranting), no problem, it is up to him.”
On Feb 20, Mahathir said he would continue his diatribe on Najib to prevent the latter from returning to power.