The former prime ministers of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Najib Razak have been hurling criticisms at each other over the past month.
Najib had once accused Mahathir of being obsessed with him and on the other hand, Mahathir has publicly slammed Najib being shameless despite being convicted of corruption.
In the latest development, Mahathir had in a Facebook post urge the public to stop utter Najib’s name in whatever circumstances.
He said that Malaysians need to “forget” about Najib entirely, including the fact that he had been put on trial and found guilty of stealing public money, sentenced to 12 years in prison and a RM210 million fine.
“Don’t mention his name. If you do, more people will like him. Popular people in a democratic country will become leaders, even a prime minister,” Mahathir said.
“A prime minister can steal billions of ringgit, but don’t mention his name. He will become popular, become the prime minister and steal more money.”
“Don’t mention his name in court. Only then justice will prevail. He has been sentenced but doesn’t need to carry it out… if you don’t mention the name of those guilty, whose name should you say then?”
“Mention anybody’s name, it’s okay. This is justice in Malaysia,” he then take a shot at the country’s justice system.
Mahathir then allegedly made his comment on the country’s justice system, saying that those who can’t pay for lawyers to defend themselves in court would end up in jail.
He also said that we should not question about the court’s decision as it would be considered as contempt of court. “It’s better to flee the country or end up in prison. That is justice.” he said.
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