Dec 23, 2009

Tun Mahathir wants ‘Malaysian Maverick’ book to released

Tun Mahathir wants the new book on him which is written by veteran Australian journalist Barry Wain, "Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times (Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific)" to be released. The book takes a critical look at how Dr Mahathir led Malaysia as prime minister from 1981 to 2003. In the book, Tun Mahathir is alleged to have been blamed for “wasting” or “burning up” RM100 billion in his tenure as the fourth prime minister.

PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants the book Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad In Turbulent Times to be released to bookstores following online reports that they have been held by the Customs Department.

The former prime minister, who said he did not need any “protection”, said: “If the Government is withholding the book, I would request that the book be released forthwith.”

The book, written by veteran Australian journalist Barry Wain, has been described as the first independent and full-length study of Dr Mahathir. Launched on Dec 4, it credits Dr Mahathir with Malaysia’s economic growth during his tenure as prime minister.

However, the author also blames the former premier for losses of RM100bil during his 22 years in power.

On Wednesday, DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate Dr Mahathir over allegations from the book.

Dr Mahathir in his blog yesterday welcomed the suggestion.

He said the commission should not be confined to one prime minister alone but should also look into Tun Abdullah Badawi’s years in charge.

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