PETALING JAYA: A video has emerged on Facebook accusing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad of using government funds to pay crony companies that then financed his political activities.
The six-minute video of animated infographics compared the ways different political leaders raised funds for their political campaigns and then later claimed that Dr Mahathir was conspiring against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to set up his â€œCouncil of Eldersâ€.
The video, which has been viewed more than 400,000 times, asserted that the former premier was â€œnot 100% cleanâ€ as he had used state funds to invest in crony companies that, in return, contributed part of their profits to his political activities.
On the other hand, it said that Najib did not use public funds but instead got his funding from donations by wealthy Middle Eastern donors.
The clip then alleged that Dr Mahathirâ€™s continuous criticism of Najib, especially with regard to the RM2.6bil donation to his personal account and the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue, was an attempt to promote his â€œCouncil of Eldersâ€ agenda.
This council, the video theorised, would put Dr Mahathir into a position of power similar to that of a dictatorship and allow him to continue ruling the country.
Dr Mahathir had previously confirmed to the media that he had proposed the idea of a Council of Elders but said that its role would simply be to advise the Prime Minister.
The video also hit out at Opposition parties, claiming that it was a known secret that they organised fundraising dinners as a front to cover up contributions by local tycoons and parties from the US.
The clip was uploaded onto a Facebook account using the handle Ngelaban and has since sparked furious discussion in its comment section with users both criticising and supporting the claims made in the video.