In an interview with Al Jazeera, former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahatir has called Najib a dictator and accused him as the cause of Malaysia’s downfall.
In the interview, AJ UpFront’s host Mehdi Hasan also highlighted that corruption in Malaysia was evident even during Mahatir’s leadership, a point that Mahatir himself admitted – but also said that the corruption is on a whole new level under Najib.
“There is corruption in every country. It is the level that counts. I admit that during my time, there was corruption. But none on the scale that Najib is involved in, running into billion and billions – tens of billions of ringgit. That has never been done or heard of in this country,” Dr. Mahathir told Hasan.
Hasan also questioned him over wrongdoings that he allegedly committed during his time, such as the abuse of ISA to imprison political opponents, as well his children being in the board of major Malaysian corporations. Mahatir defended himself, saying now that he does not hold any power, the government can easily haul him up in court if these accusations were true.
After an intense discussion between the duo about Mahatir’s clear anti-semitic views, Hassan ended the interview asking him about the future of Malaysia, in which he replied that “if Najib is there, the country will go to the dogs”, and painted a grim outlook of Malaysia moving forward.