Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed today lashed out at the
government for inaction over the issue of sand-smuggling throughout the
Dr Mahathir claims that this practice has been going on for some time but
corrupt officials have managed to keep a close lid on the matter.
"I read in the papers about the Works Minister saying 500 lorries delivering
sand to Singapore. No one has said anything on that, seems like they are
'agreeing' to it. Well I know it is not 500, it is actually 700 lorries,"
he said to reporters during a press conference.
"If I didn't draw people's attention to this issue, no one would speak up,
they all are too busy worried about whether they would get their Datukship,"
quipped Dr Mahathir.
The elderly statesmen maintained the validity of his facts, saying that the
main sources were the Works Minister (Datuk Shaziman Mansor) as well as a
"friend", whose identity he declined to reveal as he did not want to get his
friend "into trouble".
He claimed that Malaysia was being sold bit by bit to foreigners, citing the
sand-smuggling issue as an example.
"What these people are doing is selling a little bit of Malaysia at one
time, dig, keep digging Malaysia and give her to other people."