Today, two of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s operatives, Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Matthias Chang, were charged under Section 124L of the Penal Code for the crime of sabotaging Malaysia’s banking and financial services. They were alleged to have committed the crime in a number of countries such as France, England, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore between June 28 and August 26 this year.
Dr Mahathir then retaliated by calling for a press conference at his office, the Perdana Leadership Foundation, and condemned the government for what he said was an abuse and disrespect of the law.
Khairuddin and Matthias were earlier detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, an anti-terrorism law. “Do you think Matthias and Khairuddin are terrorists? They just reported what they thought are misdeeds of the government,” Dr Mahathir said at the press conference.
“We see a climate of fear among the people. They have a lot of concerns but they say they have no avenues for them to express their views. People with evidence say the same thing. When they say the truth, they are subjected to pressures such as detention,” added Dr Mahathir.
At the ‘main table’ together with Dr Mahathir were Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, ex-Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Sanusi Junid, Shafie Apdal and former MCA President Ong Tee Keat.