Mahathir Under Attack from Johor Sultan for his Wild Remarks

The Sultan of Johor has criticised Dr Mahathir Mohamad for trying to play “racial politics” in an attempt to drive away mainland China investments from the state, The Star reported in an exclusive interview with the state monarch, published today.

 Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar accused the former prime minister of “creating fear, using race to fulfil political motives”. “He’s playing the politics of fear and race, which have no place in Johor as I do not believe in racial politics. “He is insulting these rich Chinese property investors. They are not hard up for Malaysian citizenship. Many of them have properties in other countries including Australia and the United Kingdom.

 “He’s not stupid, he’s just selfish and opportunistic,” Sultan Ibrahim told The Star, citing Mahathir’s allegations about Putrajaya intending to give Malaysian citizenship to 700,000 mainland Chinese intending to stay in Johor Baru (JB). The monarch said Mahathir had also crossed the line with his “lies” on the issue of land being sold to the Chinese.

 “He is saying that huge tracts of land have been sold to the Chinese, giving the impression that Johor is surrendering land to the Chinese and that we are giving up our sovereignty. “He is even comparing how we gave up Singapore to the British,” Sultan Ibrahim was quoted as saying by the daily. The ruler was referring to reports over the past few months, where Mahathir had been attacking the Forest City development project in Johor, saying that “already thousands of units have been completed and sold to mainland Chi­­nese.”

Aside from saying that land was being sold to fo­­reigners, Mahathir had also said that there would be mass immigration to take up residence in new enclaves in the state. “Let me ask him this, Forest City is to be built on reclamation land and most of these units are condominiums.

In simple language, these units are up in the air. They are strata units. “I would like to ask Mahathir if these foreign buyers can just take their apartments back home or carry off an inch of the reclaimed land,” Sultan Ibrahim said, according to The Star.

 Referring to Mahathir quoting the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg on the 1MDB issue as well as the development projects attracting mainland Chinese investors to Johor, the ruler said it was something the former PM had detested before. “He used to hate the western press but now he is quoting everything from the western press. He has forgotten many things he has done.

 “I find that Mahathir and his allies are only talking negative things, most of which are a figment of his imagination and evil thoughts. “I feel sad for him because he had to lower himself to this point. It is okay to disagree but please do not concoct things,” The Star quoted Sultan Ibrahim as saying.


Malaysia's former prime minister, Tun Mahathir Mohamad, has responded to criticisms by the Sultan of Johor over the sale of land to Chinese companies in the southern state, insisting that such deals are detrimental to the country, unlike foreign investments in the manufacturing sector.

The escalating feud between Dr Mahathir and Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has centred on the US$42 billion (S$60 billion) Forest City development, which will see four islands reclaimed on the Malaysian side of the Johor Strait and turned into a giant township.

The project is helmed by the Hong Kong-listed Chinese mega-developer Country Garden and a company controlled by the Johor ruler.

In a letter to The Star newspaper yesterday, Dr Mahathir, widely credited with modernising Malaysia and boosting its manufacturing sector during his 22 years in power, wrote: "Yes, I promoted foreign direct investment (FDI). But it was not about buying land in Malaysia, developing it and selling it to foreigners who will stay here. FDI is about investment in the manufacturing industry.

"Malaysian companies will construct the buildings and Malaysians will work in the industries. They will acquire skills and start their own manufacturing business."

He added that Malaysians are capable of undertaking the land development projects being given to Chinese companies, which he said then sell most of the properties to their countrymen.

SULTAN IBRAHIM OF JOHOR said (Dr Mahathir) is giving the impression that Johor is surrendering land to the Chinese and that we are giving up our sovereignty, comparing even how we gave up Singapore to the British. I would like to ask Dr Mahathir if these foreign buyers can just take their apartments back home or carry off an inch of the reclaimed land.


There will be in all more than a million foreigners living in JB Forest City and the 60 other developments. These new places will not become a foreign country but they will have an inordinate percentage of foreign people. If they stay long enough, they will be entitled to become citizens of Malaysia.

"When foreigners buy land, there is not even an inflow of capital. Much of the money will be borrowed locally (in China). And they can do their business with their own banks. Whatever foreign companies earn will be expatriated, and will result in outflow of capital," he wrote.

Dr Mahathir, who now leads a Malaysian opposition party, also said Chinese deals in Malaysia should be transparent. He called for the publication of "all documents about the investments, the number of workers, their home countries, the buyers, the banks which finance and all expatriation of funds".

The former premier, who remains influential despite stepping down in 2003, is campaigning to unseat Prime Minister Najib Razak and has repeatedly criticised the Malaysian government's huge push for Chinese companies to enter various sectors of Malaysia's economy, including land and sea transport, energy and property.

In his letter to The Star, Dr Mahathir said his assertion that Johor will be flooded with Chinese nationals was based on previous news reports.

"There will be in all more than a million foreigners living in JB Forest City and the 60 other developments. These new places will not become a foreign country but they will have an inordinate percentage of foreign people. If they stay long enough, they will be entitled to become citizens of Malaysia," he said.

A top Forest City official has said that the development could house 700,000 people, when fully completed in 20 to 30 years' time.

Dr Mahathir's letter was a response to The Star's interview with Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, published in the English daily on Monday.

The Johor ruler had said he was "deeply offended and hurt" by the attacks against mainland Chinese investments in the state, saying that the attacks, if left unchecked, would drive away investors.

Sultan Ibrahim had said: "(Dr Mahathir) is giving the impression that Johor is surrendering land to the Chinese and that we are giving up our sovereignty, comparing even how we gave up Singapore to the British."

The Sultan also said: "I would like to ask Dr Mahathir if these foreign buyers can just take their apartments back home or carry off an inch of the reclaimed land."

Mahathir Heart Attack Again

Mahathir was so riled up about things not going his way since 26th July 2016 that he blew his top. As he gave Daim an earful about Kadir and the three Tan Sri, he started having chest pains and was rushed to hospital.

According to Siti Hasmah, since 26th July Mahathir has been restless and has not been able to sleep at night and what she dreaded most happened yesterday at 9.00am.

Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s wife, is not too happy about her husband’s extremely active and stressful lifestyle. She felt that at this stage of his life Mahathir should slow down and not burn his candle from both ends. And what she dreaded most happened yesterday morning at 9.00am.

Mahathir was admitted to the IJN for what was reported as chest pains or chest infection. Siti Hasmah knows that Mahathir is pushing his luck and that the stress may kill him. According to Siti Hasmah, since 26th July 2016 when they were in Jakarta,

Mahathir has been very agitated due to the mess up of the press conference that was supposed to have been held that same day but which had to be aborted instead. Since then Mahathir has been restless and has not been sleeping well. Mahathir’s first heart attack was in 1989 when he was suffering extreme stress and almost got ousted by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and his ‘Team B’.

Then he suffered his second heart attack during Hari Raya of 2006. At that time Mahathir was actively campaigning the length and breadth of Malaysia to oust Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. That same evening he was discussing whether Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah was ready to take over from Abdullah and, more importantly, whether he would toe the line, when at 3.00am Mahathir suffered a heart attack and was rushed to hospital.

The doctors decided he must undergo surgery if he was going to survive. But then Mahathir suffered post-surgery complications and a serious infection so they had to operate on him again. This time, however, they gave Mahathir a less than 50% chance of survival and the family braced themselves for the worst. Somehow Mahathir survived what many said he would not survive. Since that 2006 heart attack, though, Mahathir has had many more close calls.

This was what one Umno Blogger, ‘Big Dog’, wrote in September 2007. Since 8 November last year (2006), Tun Dr. Mahathir has had three heart attacks and hospitalised in IJN. He was admitted into IJN upon returning from Johor Bahru on 10 February 2007, where he made the call for UMNO leaders to not fear leadership change and again on 15 May 2007, whilst on a private visit to Langkawi.

The latter was a rather serious attack and he was flown back to Kuala Lumpur and admitted immediately to IJN the moment the IJN specialist who flew to Langkawi to treat him managed to stabilise him and he was able to take a flight. That was what was reported in 2007.

Since then Mahathir was hospitalised in Australia in 2010 and again in 2013 for a chest infection — and again yesterday at 9.00am for the same thing. Some say it may be more than just a chest infection and they are basing their opinion on the events just before they had to send Mahathir to hospital.

Yesterday morning, Mokhzani, joined Mahathir for an early breakfast where he told his father he might have to face charges of insider trading. On 29th July 2016, his ex-partner, Datuk Yeow Kheng Chew and two others — Paulene Chee Yuet Fang and Tan Yee Chee, his remisier — were charged for insider trading. These three were acting under his instructions so that means he, too, faces the risk of that same fate.

That was when Mahathir blew his top and grumbled at Mokhzani as to why he went and did a silly thing like that knowing that they are very vulnerable and would be at the mercy of the powers-that-be. Surely Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is not going to go easy on him considering what they have subjected him to.

The sentence under this charge is a maximum of ten years jail and if Mokhzani gets sent to jail for ten years Mahathir is not going to be around to see the day Mokhzani walks free. Mokhzani and Mahathir had a heated exchange and the son blamed the father for the predicament. If Mahathir had not been so gung-ho about ousting Najib then Mokhzani would not be facing this problem.

Mokhzani then left in a huff after which Mahathir phoned Tun Daim Zainuddin and grumbled about the stupid move that Kadir Jasin made that resulted in the planned press conference — that was supposed to have been held against the backdrop of the announcement by the US Justice Department and the US Attorney General — having to be aborted.

Mahathir said if the 26th July plan had not been screwed up then Mokhzani would not today be in deep shit. Mahathir also told Daim he has been trying to contact former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Abu Kassim Mohamed, former Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail, and former Bank Negara Governor Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz but all three are not taking his calls.

They appear to have cut off all communications with him and Mahathir is boiling mad because this means he cannot move forward and is stuck in a rut. Nothing appears to be working in his favour. Yesterday Muhyiddin Yassin went to the office of the Registrar of Societies to register their new party. But it appears like the reception for this new party is lukewarm and not as hot as he had originally expected.

Then there is also the matter of whether the proposed name of the new party can be approved since they are using ‘Bersatu’ in the name, which is also being used by Umno. So in the end if the ‘Bersatu’ in the name is not allowed then they might be left with just ‘Pribumi’.

Mahathir is juggling too many balls in the air at the same time and he is getting very agitated. And Daim was no help as well because he was not very reassuring and sounded quite negative. In fact, Daim sounded downright condescending as if he was just humouring the old man knowing that disagreeing would get him nowhere.

And that was when Mahathir started to feel unwell and had to be rushed to hospital. At first they thought he was having yet another heart attack or stroke. The official story is that he is having a chest infection. Insiders say he is in hospital just for a routine check up. But why go for a routine medical check-up on the day that his new party is being registered?

There was panic at first when word got out that Mahathir was rushed to IJN. What bad timing. They wanted the focus to be on the registration of Mahathir’s new party and not on Mahathir being rushed to hospital. Chinese who strongly believe in feng shui say that this is not a good sign for Mahathir’s new party. I remember back in 1999 when the Terengganu Menteri Besar, Wan Mokhtar Ahmad, slipped and fell as he climbed the steps to enter the nomination centre in Kemaman to file his nomination papers.

Chinese said it is a bad omen and bad feng shui. This meant Wan Mokhtar was going to fall. True enough, not only did he fall but the whole state fell as well. What is more interesting about this whole thing is that Mahathir was really pissed big time with Mokhzani.

He practically blamed Mokhzani for being stupid and for getting caught for insider trading at a time when they need to go all out to attack Najib and try to bring him down. In short, the way that Mahathir reacted was as if be believed that Mokhzani was guilty. His beef is not that Mokhzani was being fixed up on fabricated charges but that Mokhzani did actually commit the crime of insider trading.

And because of that he has now jeopardised what they are trying to do by opening up a vulnerable spot when they can get hit. But what probably triggered Mahathir yesterday was when Mokhzani turned round and blamed him for the problem.

If Mahathir had not tried to kill Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak then they would have nothing to fear. So it is Mahathir’s fault for attacking Najib and not Mokhzani’s fault for committing the crime of insider trading. I suppose even a strong heart like Mahathir’s cannot take that sort of allegation.

Sultan of Johor strongly rebuked Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor strongly rebuked Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the former prime minister’s disapproval of the Bangsa Johor concept.

Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar expressed his displeasure over the remarks made by Dr Mahathir that the concept could disunite the people.

“Tun Mahathir’s uncalled for remarks reflect his complete ignorance of Johor’s history.

“My great-grandfather Sultan Sir Ibrahim in 1920 made the clarion call Bangsa Johor to unite the various races in Johor under one flag for greater cooperation, harmony and peaceful existence. No race or individual was marginalised. He has been proven correct.

“The Bangsa Johor concept was initiated even before Tun Mahathir was born. He has no idea of what he is talking about,” said the Sultan.

Dr Mahathir, asked for his opinion about the Bangsa Johor concept at the 20th Perdana Dialogue Series themed “Federal-States Relations” at the Perdana Leadership Founda­tion yesterday, had said unity among Malaysians could slide if the people practised too much parochialism.

Dr Mahathir said the people should all be known as Malaysians, instead of the people of Johor or Kedah because “only when we are united can the nation prosper”.

While Johor has the right to promote the idea of Bangsa Johor, Dr Mahathir said what should be pushed instead was for the people to embrace that they are all Malaysians rather than identifying themselves from the state they originate from.

“After all, we are all citizens of Malaysia, irrespective of our colour, religion, ethnicity or even position,” Dr Mahathir had said.

Sultan Ibrahim yesterday said Dr Mahathir was not qualified to talk about unity.

“He is going around dividing the people including the Malays, while I am uniting Malaysians of all races including the Malays,” he said.

Sultan Ibrahim said Dr Mahathir should understand all states enjoyed their own unique pride but that did not mean they were leaving the Federation.

“It is a figment of Dr Mahathir’s imagination. He is stirring the hornet’s nest and my advice to him is to keep his mouth shut.”

Sultan Ibrahim said Dr Mahathir had earned a reputation for being a confrontational person who had caused division, especially in his foreign relations policy.

“He has quarrelled with many world leaders including with our neighbour Singapore and putting Malaysia in a spot.

“And now he talks about unity with an incredible straight face.

“Tun Mahathir is the root cause of the present problems in the country. He has no right to interfere in my state. I will not tolerate his antics,” the Johor Sultan said.

A Classic Speech by Dr M - July 2016

Exposing not only Najib, but also exposing history and his legacy as a Prime Minister of Malaysia. His relations with Tun Abdul Razak, Pak Lah, in vivid details.

Mahathir On The FBI Reports on 1MDB

Dr M moots rally against Najib in view of damning claims

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has suggested that Malaysians hold a peaceful rally to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

"Malaysians are timid. In other countries, millions take to the streets. Malaysians are very nice, we don't normally hold such (protests)."

Bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad menyarankan kepada rakyat agar mengadakan perhimpunan aman mendesak, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Najib meletak jawatan.

Why is the US intervening now?

The Department of Justice alleges $3.5bn (£2.6bn) was misappropriated from 1MDB.
"The Malaysian people were defrauded on an enormous scale," Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe said at a news conference.

Mr Najib is not named in the suit. But it refers to "Malaysian Official 1", described as "a high-ranking official in the Malaysian government who also held a position of authority with 1MDB".​

The move reflects an intention by the US to open new fronts in its fight against illicit finance.

It also sets up a rare confrontations between the US and Malaysia, which is considered an important partner in the fight against terrorism.

What do people involved say?

1MDB responded to the US papers by saying it had not benefited from the various transactions described in the suit.

The fund has repeatedly asserted that it has never given money to the prime minister and called the claims "unsubstantiated".

Mr Najib has also consistently denied taking money from 1MDB or any public funds.
His office said Malaysia had "led the way in investigations into 1MDB" and would "fully co-operate with any lawful investigation".

Is anyone else involved?

Mr Najib has accused his fiercest critic, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, of using the scandal as a means of "political sabotage".

He claims Mr Mahathir worked "hand in glove" with foreigners as part of a campaign "to topple a democratically elected prime minister."

The BBC put Mr Najib's allegations to Mr Mahathir, who dismissed the claims. Instead, he called on the prime minister to show proof that he didn't pocket state funds.

Opposition leaders have now repeated their call for Mr Najib to stand down.

Over the last year, Mr Najib has also sacked his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin and replaced the former attorney-general over critical comments they made about the scandal.

Malaysian plainclothes police carry a computer from the 1MDB (1 Malaysia Development Berhad) office after a raid in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8 July 2015

There have been multiple domestic official investigations into the 1MDB fund, including a special task force headed by the attorney general. The team raided the office of 1MDB in 2015 and took away some documents.

But the replacement attorney general cleared Mr Najib of wrongdoing in January.
Multiple foreign authorities have also been investigating the company.

In May, Singapore ordered Swiss bank BSI to shut down in the city-state for breaking its money-laundering laws in its dealings with 1MDB.

Swiss authorities have opened criminal proceedings related to 1MDB on "suspected corruption of public foreign officials, dishonest management of public interests and money laundering".

What do Malaysians think about it?

The 1MDB controversy has frustrated many Malaysians who are struggling with the rising cost of living and what is perceived to be ingrained corruption in its political system.

Last year tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets calling for the resignation of the PM.
However, thousands of ethnic Malays have also rallied in support of the government.

The reaction on Thursday to the US move has been muted in both Malaysia's mainstream newspapers and social media.

Malaysia's government has cracked down on reporting of the 1MDB scandal, blocking access to certain online news portals and targeting media groups and journalists.

Why Najib is a Dictator - Dr M

1. DOJ (Dept of Justice) mengumumkan bahawa mereka akan membeku lebih dari 1 Billion USD (4 Billion ringgit) aset di US seperti rumah-rumah mewah dan hak cipta filem Wolf of Wall Street.

2. Perbelanjaan wang 1MDB ini juga termasuk pembayaran hutang judi di Las Vegas, pembelian kapal layar mewah dan pembelian jet peribadi jenama bombardier yang berharga lebih dari USD 35 juta (RM 120 juta).

3. Diumumkan antara individu yang terlibat dalam tindakan ini (empunya aset) adalah Riza Aziz (anak tiri Perdana Menteri) dan Taek Jho Low.

4. DOJ menyatakan bahawa aset 1 Billion USD (RM 4 Billion) ini merupakan sebahagian dari 3.5 Billion USD (RM 14 Billion) nilai jumlah wang yang dipercayai dicuri dari 1MDB.

5. 'Malaysian Official 1' merupakan antara penjawat awam yang juga dikatakan terlibat dalam skandal ini, walaupun namanya tidak disebut akan tetapi diterangkan bahawa Riza Aziz merupakan anak tiri kepada 'Malaysian Official 1'.

6. Lebih dari 100 Juta USD (RM 400 juta) wang 1MDB digunakan untuk membiayai filem 'Wolf Of Wall Street' sebuah filem yang mengisahkan cerita beberapa individu yang menipu dan mencuri duit orang ramai.
7. Filem 'Wolf of Wall Street' terbitan syarikat Red Granite Films yang dipunyai Riza Aziz.

8. DOJ menyatakan tidak satu sen pun dari sebarang keuntungan filem berkenaan ataupun dalam mana-mana aset dapat dirasai oleh rakyat Malaysia dan mereka becadang untuk memulangkan kembali semua kekayaan ini kepada Malaysia setelah selesai penyiasatan.

Mahathir is Going to Unite the Oppositions - the Only Way To Kick Najib Out

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced that he is partnering with Opposition leaders to form a new coalition.

“I will be the first among equals, I guess, among the leadership”, he said.
In a statement Thursday, Abdul Rahman said the new coalition will only weaken the opposition further and strengthen the chances of Barisan winning big in the next general election.
Meanwhile, Communications and Multimedia Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said many new parties and new coalitions have been formed since 1951.
He said the meeting also agreed that parties will only field one candidate among them and all the rest would throw their support, pointing out that everyone realised the importance of co-operation in order to win against Barisan. “We discussed many things with him (Mahathir) and we agreed to move towards cooperation to have a coalition with all the opposition parties in Malaysia”, Chua Tian Chang, vice-president of the opposition People’s Justice Party, told AFP.
He also labeled the new political party which is yet to be named as having a “dangerous liaison” based on their “acute frustration and failure” to capture the imagination of Malaysians.
At the press conference, Mahathir repeatedly accused Prime Minister Najib Razak of “causing damage” to the country and called for the release of the Auditor-General’s Report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
Zahid was commenting on Dr Mahathir’s announcement yesterday on the formation of a new political party and Opposition coalition.
On the status of Pakatan Harapan after the setting up of the new coalition, he said it would be up to PKR, DAP and Amanah to determine whether to continue with that pact.
Najib has denied any wrongdoing and Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali cleared Najib in January of any corruption or criminal offences. He said that $681 million, deposited into Najib’s personal account in March 2013 before a general election, was a gift from a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family and most of it was returned.
Despite the challenges to his legitimacy, Mr Najib has managed to consolidate his political position within Umno.
Analysts interviewed by TODAY noted that the new party may not immediately alter the balance of power in Malaysian politics.

Meanwhile, jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has described the move by Dr Mahathir Mohamad to form a new party as a positive step.

"We are waiting for (former deputy prime minister) Muhyiddin (Yassin) to decide because Muhyiddin is making the decisions.

"We look forward to engaging with them. I think it's a positive thing," Anwar said when met at the court complex this afternoon after two of his cases came up for decision.

Anwar also stressed on the importance of a united opposition, and lauded PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man’s call for a ceasefire.

The opposition, he said, must stay united and soldier on for the time being.

"We must consolidate and work. It is time we must consolidate," he added.

Welcoming Tuan Ibrahim's call for a ceasefire among opposition parties and to find a common feature and work on it, Anwar said this was a positive statement from the PAS leader.

"I think we look forward to engaging with them," he said.

Earlier in court, there were scores of PKR and Pakatan Harapan supporters, and among them include PKR vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anwar, Tian Chua and Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin and Amanah secretary-general Mohd Anuar Tahir.

Anwar had previously penned a scathing letter, warning PKR leaders on the dangers of working with former prime minister Mahathir.

Mahathir had in 1998 sacked Anwar as deputy prime minister.

PAS left the opposition Pakatan Rakyat pact last year. Now the new opposition coalition, called Pakatan Harapan, consists of the newly-formed Parti Amanah Negara, DAP and PKR.

Meanwhile, Umno-BN is not shaken by news that political titan Dr Mahathir Mohamad is setting up a new opposition party, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

Speaking to reporters in Mongolia, where he is attending a regional summit, Zahid said Umno-BN would go all out to stay in government, and would employ Mahathir's own tactics against him.

"The person who wants to form a new party was once a leader who took action against his political rivals, so based on what we were taught, we will do the same.

"If that person is on the other side, then we will do as he once did before to his political enemies," Zahid was quoted as saying by Bernama.

He said this when asked if the government was afraid of the new party Mahathir intends to form.

MIC president Dr S Subramaniam believes Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s actions would lead to his contributions and achievements being erased from the nation’s history.

However, this courted a single line rebuke from the former premier’s daughter, Marina.

“And history will remember MIC's (contributions and achievements), I'm sure...,” she tweeted.

Since the 2008 general election, MIC like its BN Chinese counterpart MCA has been struggling to remain relevant in the Malaysian political landscape.

The party and its leaders have also been the subject of numerous allegations.

In response to Marina's remarks, MIC Youth chief C Sivarraajh said the Indian party and other component parties were defeated in 2008 and struggle to remain relevant because of the racist policies Mahathir introduced when he was in power.

Sivarraajh said Mahathir's policies are to blame for Malaysia's current state, and not former premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi or Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

"We are feeling the aftermath of the 30-year Mahathir administration's policies.

"Just because he is fighting the government and Najib, Mahathir can't be considered 'Gandhi' or a leader who is not racist.

"If you want to know how racist Mahathir is since his childhood, read (Mahathir's memoir) 'Doctor In The House'. History will tell about your father's racist policies," he said in a statement today.

Earlier, Subramaniam (photo) was responding to Mahathir’s announcement of a new political party and grand coalition, which the MIC president described as a saddening development.

“He was the former prime minister and president of Umno for a long period. He was also recognised and respected internationally as an exceptional leader.

“However, with such a move (to form a new party), I am of the opinion that it would reduce his standing in the eyes of the people,” he said in a media statement.

Instead of playing the role of an adviser to the nation, Subramaniam said Mahathir is going against the party he struggled for in the past, causing an upheaval to the political system.

Since last year, the 91-year-old former premier has waged a public campaign to oust Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, whom he has accused of numerous misdeeds.

Mahathir has since joined hands with opposition and civil society leaders, who were once critical of his leadership.

Najib has denied the allegations against him, and accused Mahathir and those aligned to him of attempting to engineer his downfall.

Adulterers Are Stoned To death, Thieves Have Their Hands Chopped Off

Malaysia risks turning into a hardline IS-like religious state, where adulterers are stoned to death and thieves have their hands chopped off. And non-followers who are blasphemous will have their heads chopped off.

The grim warning from former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, comes as current premier Najib Razak courts Islamists to shore up support for his scandal-tainted United Malays National Organisation (Umno) party.

'70,000 people currently convicted of stealing are going to have their hands cut off': he said.

“What is happening now is that Umno feels itself isolated because of what Najib has done. So in search of alliance, Umno is actually trying to win over PAS (Parti Islam se-Malaysia),” Mahathir said in an exclusive interview with South China Morning Post.

PAS wants to introduce the strict sharia penal code hudud, which punishes thieves by chopping off their hands. There’s a chance this could happen, according to Mahathir.

“To win over PAS, they support hudud. That is why hudud has been brought up in parliament. It was actually Umno which helped this movement to increase the power of the sharia court.”

The tiny neighbouring sultanate of Brunei began implementing hudud penalties in 2014, fanning fears in Malaysia of accelerated Islamisation.

Last month, the Malaysian government unexpectedly fast-tracked the tabling of a PAS-sponsored hudud bill in parliament, taking many by surprise.

High-living Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei imposes Islamic hudud law

The bill calls for constitutional changes that allow hudud to be introduced in the north-eastern state of Kelantan, but there are concerns other states may follow suit.

Kelantan is the only state ruled by PAS. Already, there are separate checkout counters for men and women in supermarkets, alcohol is banned and cinemas have to have the lights turned on during film screenings.

The debate on the law has been deferred to October by PAS leader Abdul Hadi Awang.
Currently, sharia courts deal only with family matters, including divorce and inheritance.

“The hudud that they (PAS) want to apply here will result in injustice,” Mahathir said.
Outrage in multi-ethnic Malaysia as PM Najib’s government backs Islamic law

“If two persons are accused of theft, one is Chinese and one is Malay. You chop off the hands of the Malay and you give two months jail to the Chinese … it is unjust ... and therefore it is not Islamic. In Islam, the Koran repeats 43 times, (in) 43 verses, that when you judge, you must judge with justice,” Mahathir said.

According to Mahathir, PAS first mooted introducing hudud during his term in office but he told the party it is not possible as Malaysia has a multi-religious population and it would cause problems.
“In the Koran, it is written that God doesn’t like people who cause trouble. Of course a lot of Malays are not happy with my stand but I go by the Koran.”