KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — Media Advisor to the prime minister Datuk A. Kadir Jasin has rejected claims that the current administration practised selective persecution.
The former New Straits Times Group chief editor said the legal action taken against Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who was handpicked by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to become prime minister, was proof that the current government is impartial.
“Najib was in Mahathir’s Cabinet... and he was made the youngest mentri besar,” Kadir said when asked by Malay Mail to comment on allegations that the ongoing anti-graft dragnet appeared to target only politicians from the Najib administration.
Najib was appointed Pahang mentri besar in 1982.
He was then made defence minister in 1991, and later education minister in 1995, a post he retained until the turn of the century.
The Pekan MP was eventually made deputy prime minister after Dr Mahahir stepped down in 2004.
Najib is seen as the reason behind Barisan Nasional’s maiden electoral defeat in May, and is now facing a litany of corruption and power abuse charges in relation to the 1MDB financial scandal.
There are, however, allegations that the current and second Mahathir administration are protecting powerful people aligned with the current prime minister and only picking out those from Najib’s government.
Putrajaya has denied the allegations.
* A previous version of this story contained an error which has since been corrected.
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