On 2 March, Datuk Seri Najib Razak had in the Parliament claimed not a single sen of public funds used to repay 1MDB debts and urged the government to not blame the country’s financial situation on the 1MDB debt.
That statement from Najib has not only angered some politicians in the hall but Malaysians in general too. On 3 March, former Prime Minister and the chairman of Parti Pejuang Tanah Air, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has responded to Najib’s claim and called him an “idiot” for making such a remark.
In a ceramah at Felda Ayer Hitam, Mahathir expressed “disgust” with Najib’s remark and highlighted his “shameless” attitude towards the wrongdoings committed after his sentencing and conviction by the High Court.
“Eee bodohnya (how idiotic). Don’t need to repay debt, this is Najib.”
“Najib’s an extraordinary person. When you become a thief and you are sentenced by the court to 12 years’ imprisonment, he has the guts to say, ‘What is there to be ashamed of?’”
“If any of us are unashamed after committing such acts, then our society is doomed,” he said, adding that Najib is not even embarrassed about it.
Mahathir also pointed how Najib claimed himself to be the boss and said if he were to streak in public, he would respond shamelessly as well — in reference to Najib’s popularised term “Malu apa bossku?” (What is there to be ashamed of, boss?).
In his speech, Mahathir stressed the importance of a new state government clean of corruption compared to the “kleptocratic” Barisan Nasional (BN) administration which he alleged was still conspiring with Najib.
On 28 July 2020, Najib was convicted for 7 charges of abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering of about RM42 million belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd.
The Court of Appeal later upheld the conviction and 12-year jail term and RM210 million fine on Najib for misappropriating RM42 million in SRC funds, at the same time dismissing his appeal against the KL High Court decision on 28 July 2020.
Watch Mahathir’s speech here: