SUBANG JAYA, Sept 9, 2015:
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not afraid of being arrested over the statements he made during the Bersih 4 gathering last month, saying that is “the way it is in Malaysia.”
Speaking to reporters upon arriving at Subang Skypark Terminal from the Czech Republic, Dr Mahathir, accompanied by his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, said he had yet to receive any letter informing him of police having any intention to arrest him.
“That’s their right and their duty. Arrest me. I have read in the newspapers about my possible arrest, so of course I will go.
“If police call you, you have to go. That’s the way it is in Malaysia. I don’t think they should but I will comply anyway,” he said to more than 100 supporters who came to welcome him back home today.
Dr Siti Hasmah was just as accepting of the possibility as she said that although the nation’s longest-serving Prime Minister had dedicated more than 20 years to the country, she had accepted that it was part and parcel of “politics and that’s life”.
Dr Mahathir had, on the second day of Bersih 4 gathering, alleged that Umno Members of Parliament and the party’s division chiefs were bribed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had earlier said that police would record Dr Mahathir’s statement as he would be investigated for criminal defamation under Section 500 of the Penal Code, which carries a two-year jail term, a fine, or both, upon conviction.
When asked to comment on the Sept 16 Red T-shirt Kebangkitan Maruah Melayu gathering, Dr Mahathir said there was no reason for it to be carried out.
“Why do you need a Red T-shirt rally? There is no need for it as this is not about yellow versus red like how it was in Bangkok.”