Mahathir To Campaign Against Frog Culture

TUN MAHATHIR MOHAMMAD

KOTA KINABALU: Saddened by the events that led to the dissolution of the state assembly last week, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is planning to come to town.

His mission? To speak out against the culture of switching political allegiances for money.

“If they leave because they disagree with the (state) policy, we can accept, but they leave because of money. They leave because of bribes,” he said in a Facebook Live session with MyPerintis today.

“We are very sad because of the open corruption that is now happening in Sabah. This is not healthy for Malaysia.

“I hope those who jumped ship will be rejected by the Sabah people.”

A snap election was called after an opposition attempt led by Tan Sri Musa Aman to topple the Warisan-led government gained support from 13 government assemblymen who had earlier vowed to stand by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

The attempt on July 30 came weeks after allegations surfaced that assemblymen were being approached with offers of money and position to jump ship.

According to a Malay Mail report Dr Mahathir said the root cause of the 13 assemblymen’s decision to withdraw support from Shafie Apdal was money.

“I will go to Sabah, because I feel what happened in Sabah is a very bad example of corruption. I found out that the 13 assemblymen left government parties to join opposition parties.”

He said the previous Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, which was allies with Shafie, had always upheld good governance and tried to change the corruption-laden culture of the government before it.

He was quoted as saying that after the PH government was toppled by Perikatan Nasional (PN), corruption was rife once more, in reference to reports alleging that state assemblymen were offered millions to switch sides.

Shafie announced the dissolution of the assembly after obtaining the Head of State’s consent, paving the way for elections which must be held within 60 days.