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Mahathir Challenges Investigative Norms, Shifts Focus to ‘Big Shots’ Over ‘Tuns’

In a surprising turn of events, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has challenged the prevailing belief that investigating “Tuns” is inherently difficult and to focus on “Big Shots”, asserting that scrutinizing individuals in power, such as the Prime Minister, senior ministers, and the chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), proves to be a far more arduous task. Disputing claims made by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who suggested that the prevailing power of current government ministers shields them from investigations, Mahathir unfolded a copy of today’s New Straits Times bearing the headline ‘Not easy to investigate a Tun.’

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Disagreement with Anwar: Investigating Tuns Not Exclusive to Powerless Entities

Mahathir, in a press conference held at the Perdana Leadership Foundation building, vehemently expressed his disagreement with Anwar’s stance. He underscored that being subjected to investigation is not contingent on lacking power. The notion that “Tuns” are inherently immune was challenged. Mahathir, in turn, pointed to the formidable challenge of scrutinizing high-ranking officials, specifically singling out the Prime Minister, senior ministers, and the chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Historical Lack of Investigations into ‘Big Shots’

A historical absence of investigations into these powerful figures was highlighted by Mahathir. During the press conference, he emphasized the lack of probes into the Prime Minister, MACC chief commissioner, and senior ministers, suggesting a level of untouchability.

Case in Point: Anwar’s Allegations and Investigation Discrepancies

Attention was then turned to the corruption allegations against Anwar Ibrahim in Datuk Abdul Murad Khalid’s statutory declaration. Mahathir asserted that Anwar remains untouched by investigations. Instead, the ongoing investigation into Tun Daim Zainuddin was brought to light, using this case to illustrate the relative ease with which a “Tun” can be investigated. Mahathir raised eyebrows by referencing the abrupt cessation of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s 47 cases, questioning the effectiveness of investigations into high-profile individuals.

Legal System Dynamics: AG’s Unbridled Authority and Public Scrutiny

Delving into the dynamics of the legal system, Mahathir pointed out the Attorney-General’s discretionary power to withhold explanations for non-investigations. Expressing concern over the lack of accountability, he labeled the AG as a “superman” within the legal framework. Murad’s accusations from 24 years ago, alleging that Anwar possessed RM3 billion in over 20 bank accounts, were revisited by Mahathir, who emphasized the public’s clamor for transparency.

A Paradigm Shift: From ‘Tuns’ to Power Dynamics within Government

In a surprising twist, the narrative has been redirected by Mahathir from investigating “Tuns” to addressing the formidable challenge of probing influential figures at the pinnacle of the Malaysian government. As this revelation unfolds, questions surrounding accountability, transparency, and the efficacy of investigations into high-profile individuals take center stage, prompting a reevaluation of traditional perspectives on investigative norms.

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