“Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim must show proof that I used my position as Prime Minister to benefit myself and my family,” says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
In a statement on Monday (March 27), Dr Mahathir said that Anwar must prove that he took hold of the country for personal gains.
“Accusations are easy to make when they are not proven with facts and evidence,” said the former prime minister.
At the recent PKR special congress, Anwar called on Malays to not be fooled by leaders who claim to fight for their rights but at the same time go on to amass wealth.
“There is someone now who, after 22 years and 22 months of being in power, is lamenting about Malays losing everything, losing assets, shares.
“How not to, when you have amassed them for yourself, your family, and your children? Then when you have lost power, you speak about (issues concerning) the people,” the PKR president said several days before the cancelled pro-Malay gathering.
Dr Mahathir said he was speaking out because he felt the Malays had lost everything ever since he stepped down as Prime Minister.
“The Malays have become poor since I stepped down the first time. I tried to improve their situation during my second tenure as Prime Minister but the Pakatan Harapan government fell, I lost my position, and I’m speaking out now because of this,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said Malays should oppose Anwar’s unity government for allegedly preventing his pro-Malay gathering from materialising.
The gathering was forced to be cancelled after three venues cancelled the organiser’s bookings.
Mahathir was convinced that Anwar was behind it, even though he had no proof.