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Dr Mahathir says can’t solely be blamed for money politics in Umno | Malay Mail


KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he has no qualms about taking responsibility for the alleged money politics that festered in Umno during his tenure as party president in the 1990s.

However, the 98-year-old insisted he should not solely be blamed for it, as he claimed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should also be liable for it.

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“I did not give, Anwar was the one giving [money]. When I was prime minister, he was my deputy and that time he started giving money.

“What happened was that Anwar himself did not take the money but he delegated the money chest to his people and provided access to the money.

“Ya if you want me to take responsibility I can but the reality is that Anwar was the one who introduced bribery as a method to garner popularity,” he said on the latest episode of the Keluar Sekejap podcast.

On why he failed to take any action to stem the corruption, Dr Mahathir also said it was not his responsibility to micromanage the relevant authorities to address the festering corruption taking hold within Umno during the 1990s.

“If they noticed any irregularities, they should not have waited for the prime minister’s directive to address the issue.

“That is not my job, that is the job of the police and the anti-corruption authorities,” he said.



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