Aug 3, 2010

Tun Mahathir : Ling innocent until proven guilty

GEORGE TOWN: Although nobody can escape the long arm of the law, everyone must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, says former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said the charge brought against former Transport Minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik was merely an accusation and it was up to the relevant authorities to present their case against him.

“That is only an accusation.

“Whether it is true or not will be the job of the relevant authorities to explain, because in a court of law, nobody is an exception,” he said when asked to comment on Dr Ling, who was charged in court in connection with the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) issue.

Ling, 67, who was charged at the Putrajaya Sessions Court on July 29 with cheating the Government, pleaded not guilty.

Earlier, Dr Mahathir said the 1Malaysia slogan must be explained in detail to the people of various races in the country, to provide a holistic understanding of the concept.

“When I speak to the Chinese and Malays, they have differing views and cannot be united.

“I feel that an in-depth explanation is needed,” he told reporters here yesterday.

He earlier met delegates of the Malaysian Muslim Welfare Organisation (Perkim) to explain the confusion surrounding the 1Malaysia slogan.

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