Sep 23, 2006

Tun Mahathir : My son had to beg 'powerful' Khairy

Extracted from MalaysiaKini
Dr M: My son had to beg 'powerful' Khairy

Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad said his son Mukhriz was forced to beg the ‘powerful’ Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin to have the Opcom-TM project reinstated.

But in the end, the project’s value was slashed by up to 15 percent, he added.

The former premier, who was speaking to reporters in Terengganu yesterday, reportedly said his son went through the proper channel to obtain the deal.

According to Mahathir, the RM200 million project was scrapped after he stepped down as prime minister in 2003.

This forced his son to turn to Khairy (left) - the son-in-law of Mahathir’s successor, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Although Abdullah has denied this, critics claim that Khairy influences the premier’s decisions. Some have gone to the extent of describing the 31-year-old Oxford graduate as the country’s de facto prime minister.

Meanwhile, Mahathir defended the RM200 million contract Mukhriz had obtained from Telekom Malaysia (TM).

Mukriz is the chairperson and managing director of the fibre optic company Opcom Sdn Bhd.

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