Mahathir Attends RCI on BNM Forex Scandal

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Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad turned up at Putrajaya’s Palace of Justice for the second day of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) forex losses in the 1990s during his tenure as prime minister.

Accompanied by his aides, Mahathir arrived at the packed courtroom where the RCI is being held at 9.04am.

He said he “just came to see” the proceeding.

“I don’t have any statements to make except that I’m curious to know what’s happening,” Mahathir said.

Still sprightly at 92, he dismissed rumours that he was in poor health and even warded in a hospital recently.

“I’m okay. Do I look like as if I just recovered from serious illness? A lot of people are wishful like that…they wish I was dead because I’m a nuisance and a danger to the whole nation,” he said.

He added that he will not resign from his position as Pakatan Harapan chairman, even if he is implicated in the RCI probe on the forex scandal.

“No I will not accept that (to resign if implicated). It has nothing to do with my political (work),” he told reporters.

“I must admit I know quite a lot, maybe this is of the interest of the commission to know what I know,” Mahathir added.

The former premier sat the public gallery and left at 10.40am after observing the proceeding.