KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had planned to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak since 2014, his son Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir told the High Court today.
During cross-examination by lawyer Datuk Seri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos, Mukhriz agreed that his father had attempted to bring down Najib since 2015 and that it was known by the public.
“I agree and in fact it was much earlier than that, in 2014,” he said.
Mukhriz was testifying in his case against the prime minister’s press secretary Datuk Seri Tengku Sharifuddin Tengku Ahmad over two alleged defamatory statements against him.
Jahaberdeen: Tun Mahathir’s efforts to overthrow Najib are known by the public and widely reported and spread through both social and mainstream media. Do you agree?
When asked on whether there was a conspiracy between Tun Mahathir and former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Muhyiddin Yassin, Mukhriz said he would rather not use the word ‘conspiracy’ but said both of them had the same objective to unseat Najib.
In his witness statement tendered in court, Mukhriz said the press statements by Tengku Sharifuddin had affected him negatively and were prejudicial against him and the statements had tarnished his reputation.
Jahaberdeen was representing Tengku Sharifuddin, while Mukhriz was represented by lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla.
Trial continues tomorrow morning before judge Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim.
Mukhriz, 52, filed the suit on May 3 last year alleging that Tengku Sharifuddin had issued four defamatory statements against him on April 15, 20, 23 and 26, the same year.
The statements were under the headings, ‘Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Statement on Donation Confirmation by Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister’, ‘Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Statement on Former DPM’s Reuters Interview’, ‘Mukhriz Mahathir Statement: Response by Prime Minister’s Press Secretary’, and ‘Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Statement on Tun Mahathir Mohamad and Mukhriz Mahathir’.
Mukhriz alleged that the statements implied that Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin had conspired in a malicious campaign to topple a democratically-elected government and that he was involved directly in the plot between Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin.