Dr M slams Pak Lah for corruption, incompetence. Dr Mahathir renewed his attack on Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad's administration and his mainstream media today, telling bloggers, web-site owners and on-line writers in Putrajaya during a 3-hour meeting that, paraphrasing Shakespeare, "There is something rotten in the state of Malaysia.""If you read the mainstream media, everything smells like roses ... but there's a definite stench from the rot in the current administration, in politics, social as well as economic matters."Take the crime rate, for example. There are people who will not leave the safety of their homes. And according to former chief of police Tun Haniff Omar in his column in the Star, the police force is divided into two: - one led by the IGP and the other by a police director and a deputy minister."On the economy, Dr M said the media have painted an extremely optimistic picture of Malaysia, with the announcement of mega projects and economic corridors."But on the ground, nothing is happening."Dr M was especially cynical about the administration's progress in fighting corruption. He questioned the award of contracts to companies that nobody had heard of, including the Italian firm called Gevi that supposedly bought MV Agusta for 1 euro, of how the Securities Commission said it was OK to sell the Proton subsidiary and lose RM500 million "because Proton has RM10 billion worth of assets", and how those accused of corruption have been cleared by the Attorney-General because they had denied giving bribes.
He said even where it was clear that corruption had taken place, the government denied it."It happened in Ijok and in Batu Talam (by-elections). What will happen at the next general election? Tonnes of money will be used to buy votes.Dr Mahathir said Malaysia's status in terms of corruption has also worsened. "When we tell the people it's OK to accept bribes, we are on the road towards self-destruction. This is what frightens me."
"What will happen to this country? It is one thing if the Opposition resorts to corruption; but if the Government and the ruling party resort to corruption to win the elections ...."
He said he is not confident that the Malay voters, especially, will be able to resist accepting bribes in exchange for their votes. A Malay voter's vote is worth only RM200."(At the next GE) billions will be used. I am told that the process of accumulating the money to bribe voters has begun."Of course they will deny this and the A-G will say I have no case because they have denied any wrong-doing."The meeting with bloggers was organised by an NGO called Prima, which is short for Majlis Prihatin Malaysia.