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Gatecrash Arul's 1MDB session, BN portal article tells Dr M

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An article published in a BN portal has asked Dr Mahathir Mohamad to gatecrash 1MDB chief executive officer Arul Kanda's ongoing roadshow to explain issues related to the firm.

“Would it not be interesting if the Pakatan Harapan chairperson could make a surprise appearance at (one of) the programmes?” read the article published in the Rakyat.

“He can come without an invitation... bringing with him the evidence of his allegations against 1MDB. Mahathir can talk to Arul face-to-face,” added the writer with the pseudonym Beruang Biru.

The article stated that if Mahathir could gatecrash the Sinar Harian forum on whether he was too old to be prime minister again, he could do the same with regard to the 1MDB session.

“Mahathir could argue or question Arul and he could show the so-called evidence. After meeting (Arul), Mahathir no longer has to use excuses like 'I heard' or 'I was informed' when attacking 1MDB or Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

“Apart from this, disclose what are the allegations specific to the prime minister in relation to 1MDB which could be brought to court.

“The problem is, all this while, the accused is asked to furnish proof but those making the accusations have failed to provide facts, and rely more on speculation,” it added.

The writer claimed that the 1MDB issue had been played up according to the perception desired by Mahathir's faction that it is so easy for money to change hands.

It added that those who have no knowledge of corporate affairs would believe this.

“Like what Arul said, there were bad corporate decisions but this is not a crime.

“Look at Proton, which made management mistakes for 30 years and always asked for help from the government until RM13 billion had to be channelled to Proton.

“Only in 1MDB, it (the bad decisions) have been used by Mahathir as a tool to sabotage and to topple Najib because the latter refused to be Mahathir's 'yes man'.

“In this issue, it would be appropriate for Mahathir to attend one of the 1MDB sessions (by Arul). This is definitely something everyone is waiting for,” he added.

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