KUALA LUMPUR: Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said today the Public Accounts Committee report on 1MDB has proven Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wrong.
As such, he said, Dr Mahathir should be held accountable for the damage his campaign against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had caused to Malaysia’s reputation.
Salleh said the report, tabled in the Dewan Rakyat today, had proven as baseless the allegation by Dr Mahathir that RM42 billion was missing from 1MDB.
“No monies are missing, misappropriated or unaccounted for,” he said in a statement.
He said Dr Mahathir and the rest of his “Anti-Najib Coalition” should be held accountable for the damage they have caused to Malaysia’s reputation.
Salleh said there might have been poor business strategy, but there was no evidence of criminal acts.
He said it was clear that Dr Mahathir’s campaign to change the government outside a general election, based on allegations of wrongdoing at 1MDB, had failed.
“In fact, 1MDB has successfully managed to do a rationalisation exercise, because the assets of 1MDB are greater than its liabilities. This is in contrast to Proton, which needs a government bailout of around RM2 billion to survive,” he said.
Salleh said the irony was that while Dr Mahathir had been making false accusations that 1MDB was facing financial collapse, it was Proton – under his (hitherto) leadership – that was actually facing financial collapse, if the government did not choose to bail it out.