"I am ready to go when my time comes. I am concious that all that I have will not accompany me to the grave." --Dr Mahathir (Photo by Hussein Shaharuddin/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR:Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said it is true that he fears an opposition victory in the 13th general election as he is afraid of the abuse of power by Pakatan Rakyat's leaders.
The former Prime Minister said he was afraid of the kind of abuse of power that has already been shown.
Dr Mahathir wrote (DAP leader) Lim Kit Siang reportedly said that he (Dr Mahathir) was working hard to ensure the Opposition would not win because he is afraid when the Opposition Government is in place, it would act against all his “misdeeds” when he was the Prime Minister.
"No doubt he is inspired by what happened to Gadaffi and Mubarak. He would love to see me dragged to the courts and sentenced to death or to at least a life sentence. Maybe like Gadaffi I would be murdered.
"He is right. I am afraid. I am afraid of the kind of abuse of power that has already been shown by one of Pakatan’s great leaders who got a senior police officer to frighten Dr Ristina and Ummi Hafilda into withdrawing Ummi’s letter to me.
"I am afraid of the fabrication of charges so as to put me behind bars. That I am innocent would be irrelevant. What is important is Kit Siang’s satisfaction at seeing me behind bars and more," he added.
However, Dr Mahathir said, he would go with a clean conscience.
Writing in his blog Che Det, Dr Mahathir said aside from those concerns, Dr Mahathir said he was not afraid.
“I had always been careful not to abuse the power I had as PM because I was mindful of having to step down and lose power at some stage,” he said.
“If I had abused power my detractors would gleefully expose me and strive to put me behind bars,” he said, adding that there have been several attempts to do just that, all with the same results.
“So far nothing could be pinned on me,” he said.
“The anti-corruption people can even now investigate whether I have ever received illegal gratifications, whether I have detained or thrown people into jail for personal reasons, whether I benefitted personally from any of the projects carried out during my time,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said that while he was Prime Minister he did not use his power to procure government contracts, for either him or his children.
“Whatever money I now have is from savings during 29 years in the Government,” he said.
“I am not interested in getting rich or living a life of luxury,” he said. “What I have now is far more than I had hoped for when I was dreaming as a student. I am grateful to Allah for what I have and for sparing me to live this long.”
Read more at CHE DET.