Published: Monday February 25, 2013 MYT 10:11:00 PM
Dr M: If Anwar's family can be politicians, why can't my children be in business
KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he has nothing to do with Petronas's decision to award contracts to any of his children.
He said he was only informed about the contracts by the Petronas president after they were awarded and that he was willing to swear in a mosque and by the Quran about it.
"(Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim accused me, as Petronas advisor, of having been involved in awarding Petronas contracts to my children.
"For Anwar, this is a normal practice if he's in power.
"When he held the post of Deputy Prime Minister and Finance minister, he awarded so many contracts to his political supporters and family members.
"The ministry, during an Umno assembly, had presented the names of those awarded with contracts during his tenure. Included in the list were the names of his supporters and family members.
"None of my children's names were ever listed," he said in his latest blog entry at www.chedet.cc.
Dr Mahathir said although he was appointed Petronas advisor, he had very little to do in terms of advising the company in its decisions.
"Petronas reports only to the Prime Minister and it is the Prime Minister who can make any instruction to Petronas. When I was the Prime Minister, I did not give any aid to my children," he said.
In fact, he said none of his children held a post in the Cabinet or in the party during his tenure as Prime Minister and Finance Minister.
Dr Mahathir explained that although, on several occasions, his children were nominated to hold government posts, he personally rejected them until he retired.
"If they are successful today, be it in business or politics, they did it on their own. Moreover, Their success came after I stepped down as Prime Minister," he said. Dr Mahathir said Anwar, on the other hand, had set up a party with his wife as the president and as the candidate contesting for Permatang Pauh seat.
"When his wife won the election, he told her to quit so that he could contest for the seat.
"There is no evidence that there exists a competition for the party advisor's post which he currently holds. He had also selected his daughter as a candidate in the last general election.
"Now, his wife is the party president, his daughter is the vice-president, his friend is the deputy president. Anwar Ibrahim owns Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
"If his wife and daughter can become politicians, why can't my children venture into business?" he added. - Bernama