Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Mahathir denies paying lobbyist for Bush meet

Mahathir had now denied that the Malaysian government had paid money to arrange his meeting with Bush in White House but he did not deny that the amount was US$1.2 million. In fact, he knew that that sum was paid in order for him to meet Bush.

He was quoted in Bernama, the Malaysia official news agency, to have said that,
“I understood some people paid a sum of money to lobbyists in America but I do not know who these people were and it was not the Malaysian government.”

The first bothering question is whether Hu Jintao of China, Koizumi of Japan, Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore or Merkel of Germany also needs to pay a million dollars to the lobbyist in order to meet up with Bush, like Mahathir of Malaysia.

The American government owes the Malaysians an explanation if only Mahathir as the Malaysia Prime Minister needed to do so. Wasn’t it a discrimination, against Mahathir or Malaysia?

Secondly, if the Malaysia Prime Minister had to pay lobbyist in order to meet the American President, then we should close down our Wisma Putra, the Foreign Affair Ministry, to save millions of Ringgits paid to the maintain the diplomatic service.

Thirdly, it is impalpable how a Prime Minister could meet the American President through arrangement of lobbyist knowing that the lobbyist was paid more than a million dollar for the job but not knowing who actually paid for it!

Would Mahathir still meet Bush if the money were paid by Israel or Osama bin Laden?

Who on earth would pay for the meeting if he had no interest to gain, then or in future, from the meeting? Mahathir could not be so naïve and chose not to find out who paid for the meeting.

Did he know that accepting any gratification as a reward (the third-party-paid-million-dollar-meeting) for doing or forbearing to do any act or showing or forbearing to show any favour or disfavour in his capacity as a Member of Parliament, as he then was, when he met up with Bush, could render him liable for a corruption offence under section 14 of the Anti Corruption Act, 1997? It does not matter whether Mahathir did or did not touch the money although he claimed he did not. The issue is whether he did accept the gratification as a reward.

Mahathir claimed that it (the third-party-paid-meeting-through-highly-paid-lobbyist) is not corruption in America. Well, it does not matter whether it is a corrupt act in the United States but it is a corrupt act in Malaysia.

Since Mahathir had admitted that US$1.2 million was paid for his meeting with Bush, the Anti Corruption Agency has now valid ground to immediately institute an investigation into the matter. Just a reminder to the ACA, Mahathir is no longer the Prime Minister, don’t worry.

Picture by courtesy of Malaysikini



Anonymous said...

good point!!! y meet bush when one knows he needs to pay million of dollars.. go for cheeper alternative... ok fine.. meetings over, but did malaysia/mahathir gain anything from tat??

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Anonymous said...

You want to believe in him? He is a politician and has bluffed his way through many times like>

1. Anwar's case tell that he has proof. But what proof come out? Carry a mattress?

2. Suqiu case