A UK-based television production company is cutting off ties with its director, Mokhzani Mahathir, over his father, Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s anti-Semitic views.
Benedict Cumberbatch founded Sunny March Holdings in 2014 and Mokhzani invested £1 million (RM5.4 million), which gave him a seat on the board.
The buy was made via his company Kencana Capital.
“As a company, we have already begun the process of fully severing our relationship with Mr Mahathir so that he will no longer be involved with SunnyMarch,” Cumberbatch was quoted as saying in UK publication Daily Mail.
The Sherlock star was also reported as saying that he was “shocked and disappointed” to learn of Dr Mahathir’s anti-Semitic statements.
He added that he found the prime minister’s views “abhorrent and unacceptable”.
Last October, in an interview on BBC’s Hard Talk, Dr Mahathir once again blamed the Jews for creating the troubles in the Middle East.
“If you are going to be truthful, the problem in the Middle East began with the creation of Israel. That is the truth. But I cannot say that,” he said in the interview.
Calling Israelis “special”, Dr Mahathir also challenged historical accounts that six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, arguing that the figure was four million.
Dr Mahathir defended the stance after the interview, saying that he was speaking the truth.
“I speak the truth. I do not care. I have been called anti-Semitic. Why is it that you cannot criticise the Jews and yet criticise everyone else without them giving you a label? This is something I do not understand,” he had said after a Pakatan Harapan meeting.
“Are the Jewish people so privileged that we cannot say anything against them, even when they do something very wrong such as (send) rockets and bombs (on) (Palestinian) children, hospitals and schools?”
Dr Mahathir’s second son Mokhzani became the sole owner of Kencana Capital after he parted ways with Yeow Kheng Chew in October 2016 as part of a large-scale restructuring exercise.
His business deals had always been under scrutiny over claims that he had benefited from his father’s tenure as the prime minister, then and now. – TMI