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Former Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Voices: I’m Not Involved in Corrupt Practices

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Former Malaysia prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has spoken about the probe on him and his family.

According to him, he and his family members are not involved in any corrupt practices.

Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission accused Mahathir and his sons of alleged corruption, putting them under investigation.

In January, both of Mahathir’s sons Mirzan and Mokhazani, were asked to declare their assets following the investigation.

According to Mahathir, he doesn’t deny the fact that there was corruption during his time.

I was never a part of it! he re-affirmed. He told this to CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Thursday.

Also, his family couldn’t get involved in any government business. He ensured this so he wouldn’t be accused of nepotism.

The prime minister who is 98 years old and has been former premier twice said he would cooperate fully with Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency.

Currently, they have only asked his two sons to declare their assets. However, he has not been asked to do the same.

In Addition, Mahathir says he has nothing to hide and will willingly declare his assets if it’s demanded of him.

Mahathir is the Primary Target of Investigation: His Sons Lament

According to Mahathir’s sons, their father was the primary target in this corrupt practices investigation.

They want to find out whether he abused his power and position as prime minister.

Similarly, Malaysia’s former minister of finance Daim Zainuddin, who is Mahathir’s ally has also come under investigation.

According to local media, they want to find out if he is involved in any corrupt financial dealings.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has recently made a vow to fish out and cleanse the political offices from corruption.

Consequently, his actions have made critics accuse him of targeting his former political rivals.

These accusations have been vehemently denied by him.

Between 2017 and 2023, the country had lost about 277 billion ringgit ($58.77 billion) to corruption.

The recent government report against corruption released this information.

According to the report, more than 80% of Malaysians have expressed a loss of trust and respect for politicians and national leaders.

Also, it added that the lack of political commitment to fight corruption has killed the trust and effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts so far.

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