KUALA LUMPUR – After a long silence, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak finally revealed the reason why Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hated him and accused him as a murderer and crook.
According to Najib, it all began when he refused to support Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir in contesting as the Vice-President of UMNO during the party election in 2013. Najib did not support Mukhriz as the Vice-President of UMNO as he had just appointed Mahathir’s son as the Menteri Besar of Kedah.
To him, the former Minister of International Trade and Industry needed to gather as much experience as possible before contesting for the post.
Najib further said that he took five years to be the Menteri Besar of Pahang, before joining the Federal government. On the other hand, Mukhriz, who did not have administrative experience as a full minister but merely a deputy minister, was appointed as the Menteri Besar of Kedah.
“I have been holding myself all these while. I try to shut my mouth as I still respect him (Mahathir). Our culture teaches us to respect the elderly.
“Moreover, I cannot deny that he had supported me in becoming the Prime Minister,” he said in a Facebook post today.
Besides that, according to Najib, Mahathir was also irritated by Najib on issues pertaining the Malaysia Airlines as the Fourth & Seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia wanted to privatise and sell the airline to his close friend.
Najib further said that his failure in reviving the crooked bridge also angered Mahathir. Najib said, he had tried to revive that project. However, it was rejected by the Johor and Singaporean government.
“If Singapore doesn’t want it, what can we do? We cannot go to war or to fight with our neighbour merely for a crooked bridge.
“We need their consent to build a new bridge.
“After GE14, the PH government under his leadership as PM7 had also tried to revive the crooked bridge project. Once again, the PM7 failed in his bid,” he added.
According to Najib, Mahathir also did not agree with Najib for abolishing the Internal Security Act (ISA) by replacing it with The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).
Besides that, Mahathir was also disappointed for being rejected to get RM3 billion grant from the government for Proton.
“It was tough at that time for the BN government to give free grant to a company which is 100 owned by private entity.
“Besides that, in our opinion, even if we give such a huge amount of grant to Proton, it would still be difficult for the company to be competitive without a business partner and new technology as our local market is too small.
“After the grant was rejected, the 4th PM retracted his support for me in August 2014,” he added.
The BN government however, approved a RM1.7 billion grant to Proton.
Najib’s wish to close the gap between the wealthy and the poor by increasing minimum wage was also opposed by Mahathir as the former premier thought that it would increase the cost for factories and investors.
On the other hand, he wanted to see Malaysia as a developed country, competitive based on innovation and productivity and not due to its low cost, said Najib.
“After he withdrew his support for me in August 2014, he then began make moves to topple me as the PM as he wanted a PM who could obey him and the demands of his friends 100 percent.
“Thus, in early 2015, the PM4 met Clare Brown at the Perdana Leadership Foundation to use the 1MDB issues to attack me.
“With the help of the chiefs of national institutions appointed by him as PM4, he finally managed to topple me as the PM. (Thus, these institution chiefs were appointed to high positions under the PH government).
“That is the true story. The rest is history,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette