Mahathir: Pak Lah, Najib checked if I stole money

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Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad is adamant that he did not abuse his powers or was engaged in any corrupt practices in his 22-year tenure.

In fact, he said, his successors checked if he had pocketed any money and came up with naught.

"I know for a fact that both (fifth PM) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and (Prime Minister) Najib (Abdul Razak) investigated fully records of the government to find out if I had stolen money. There was none," he told Channel News Asia in an interview.

Now an ardent critic of the government, he said there are some trying to compare the BMF scandal and foreign exchange scandal which happened in his time to the 1MDB case but they hardly hold a candle.

For both those scandals, he said, full investigations were carried out and papers presented to Parliament for debate.

"At no time did Parliament say I was guilty of anything, so how can you compare that with what Najib is doing now?" he asked...

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