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Dr. M supports recording release

LANGKAWI: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya’s move in releasing audio recordings of alleged criminal conspiracy is no different from the public display of items seized from Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak earlier, says Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad says the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya’s move in releasing audio recordings of alleged criminal conspiracy is no different from the public display of items seized from Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak earlier.

Following police raids on Najib’s residence and the PavilionResidences in 2018, personal items belonging to Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were seized in the operations were also shown to the public, the Prime Minister said. “It’s the same (as making public the recordings), no difference… We do not hide from the public until there is a trial, ” he told reporters when asked about Latheefa’s action of making the nine audio recordings allegedly involving conversations between the former prime minister and several other individuals public last Wednesday.

It was reported that PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had asked Latheefa to explain her actions after they were criticized by certain quarters.

Asked if the MACC revelation was unethical, Dr. Mahathir said, “What is unethical about that?”Dr. Mahathir stressed that the search for a suitable candidate to be a minister was ongoing. “Once someone is picked to take over, I will relinquish it; it’s only temporary, ” he said.

When asked whether the new minister would be an MP from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), Dr. Mahathir said that this was the usual practice.

Last Friday, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that the Cabinet decided on Jan 8 that Dr. Mahathir would act in that capacity effective Jan 3 until the next education minister was appointed.

On Jan 3, it was reported that Dr. Maszlee Malik resigned as education minister after holding the post for 20 months.

Dr. Mahathir commented when asked if the appointment of the new education minister indicated a likely Cabinet reshuffle soon, he said, “I do not know about a Cabinet reshuffle, but there will be a new education minister for sure.”

He also added that he is willing to accept any resignation if there are other ministers who want to resign.

The government was studying the possibility of splitting the ministry into the Education Ministry and Higher Education Ministry, as was done before, the Prime Minister said.

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