Tun M: Swear with me
Former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad challenged the Government to swear on the Quran on his claim that he was telling the truth on the Malaysian government’s offer of sand and airspace to Singapore in the bridge connection.
“We can go to the mosque and swear on the Quran together, swear together in the mosque.”
“There are people who have seen it, the meeting between Malaysia and Singapore were attended by many people and they said there is this letter, show that letter, not other letters.” […]
“If I am not right (on the claim that Malaysia made the offer), show me where I’m wrong. I’m ready to face action.”
The Government has last month declassified and publicised letters between Mahathir and former premier Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong about the bridge project. Howerver, it’s interesting to note that, according to the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz, the declassification was a selective process and other documents pertaining to the negotiations were still under wraps, in which Mahathir insisted that the government had intentionally omitted declassifying letters pertaining to the sand offer, allegedly made by Malaysian negotiators. Malaysiakini was later told by the ex-premier that the offer of sand and airspace were instead made by Malaysia at a meeting in 2004, which is the year he stepped down as PM, between the two nations to get Singapore’s agreement to build a bridge.In an immediate response to Tun’s allegation, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak reiterated that Malaysia never offer to sell sand to Singapore as a package deal with Singapore to replace the existing causeway.
“I can confirm this in the government and cabinet. This matter was confirmed by our High Commissioner to Singapore (at that time) and the proposal (to sell sand to Singapore) had come from Singapore.”
It was also reported that Tun has begun distributing a letter to members of Umno, appealing to be heard of its functions to speak about the current administration under his appointed successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The letter is expected to reach about three million Umno members nationwide via various means.The bottomline: Who is telling the truth? We made the offer to sell the golden sand or being offered to sell? Which is which?