PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is prepared to face legal action by the Government, including being prosecuted under the newly-introduced Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012, in his efforts to highlight what he claims to be an abuse of power by the ruling Government.
â€œUnless somebody speaks up, the Government will get away with doing all kinds of wrong things. As senior citizens, as people who are involved intimately with the politics of this country, we think that something should be done,â€ Dr Mahathir said at the Perdana Leadership Foundation alongside other prominent Barisan Nasional leaders who gathered in an unprecedented show of solidarity.
â€œFor (the Government) to arrest me under Sosma is quite possible because according to their interpretation of â€˜sabotage of governmentâ€™, anyone who says anything against the Prime Minister is about to topple the Government. But toppling the Government is a right of the people in a democracy. So they may take action against me or any one of us but somebody has to take the risk to voice our disquiet, anger and feeling that the government is not looking after the interests of this country. Somebody must say it. So we have taken it upon ourselves to say it,â€ the former prime minister explained.
The group headed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad came together on Monday to voice out against the prosecution of former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer, Matthias Chang, under the new anti-terrorism law.
Although the BN leaders were known for having contrasting views among one another in the past, Dr Mahathir nevertheless spoke alongside Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, former Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Sanusi Junid and former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat against what they claim is the Governmentâ€™s abuse of power.
Both Khairuddin and Chang were detained under Section 124 Sosma over offences deemed detrimental to parliamentary democracy.
The press conference was held while Khairuddin and Chang were being charged at the Kuala Lumpur magistrateâ€™s court with attempting to sabotage the countryâ€™s banking and financial systems.
Khairuddin was arrested after making several reports overseas, including in Singapore, Switzerland, France and Hong Kong against 1MDB.
Sosma was initially introduced to combat terrorist threats in Malaysia, and the Government had assured that the Act would not be used against political opponents.
Muhyiddin, Razaleigh and Dr Mahathir have all stood up as critics of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Muhyiddinâ€™s opposing views on the state investment fund was what caused him to be dropped in the July 28 Cabinet reshuffle alongside Shafie.-The Star