KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today mocked his critics by telling them to “blow up” the North-South Expressway (PLUS) if the projects undertaken during his time were so undesirable.
“Some people said I have done many bad things, such as the North-South Expressway. We should actually blow it up,” he told a press conference here.
“The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), the Petronas Twin Towers, all these things are very bad you know,” Dr Mahathir added with a smile.
Dr Mahathir was responding to claims that there are attempts to undermine his legacy by Umno-linked television station TV3 with critical coverage of national carmaker Proton, another of his pet projects.
He said this during a press conference at Yayasan Al-Bukhary after attending an international conference to discuss the plight of the Rohingya community.
Former information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin in his blog earlier today alleged that the television station has been instructed to attack Proton, in retaliation to Dr Mahathir targeting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
However, TV3 later denied the claim.
Dr Mahathir is demanding Najib resign over the latter’s alleged failure to explain 1MDB’s debts, among others.