Vista Jet has denied the story that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s private jet was sabotaged in an attempt to assassinate him.
On 6th April 2018, Mahathir said there is a plot to assassinate him. Today, he alleged ‘they’ sabotaged his private jet that was supposed to fly him to Langkawi where he will file his nomination papers tomorrow in an attempt to gain sympathy.
This is reminiscent of Anwar Ibrahim’s allegation in 1998 and 2008 that the Malaysian government was trying to assassinate him. In 1998, Anwar’s wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, told the court that Anwar had been poisoned with arsenic. In 2008, Anwar ran to the Turkish Embassy to seek refuge, saying there was an assassination plot against him.
Mahathir seems to have taken a leaf out of Anwar’s playbook. When Anwar said he had been poisoned with arsenic, Mahathir mocked him and said you can get arsenic from eating lobsters so maybe Anwar ate too many lobsters in the Sungai Buloh Prison. Now it is Mahathir’s turn to face that same ridicule.
Mahathir is so desperate to win the Langkawi seat in the 9th May 2018 general election. This is supposed to be the safest seat in Malaysia for him and if he loses Langkawi he is doomed. So, Mahathir will resort to anything to win — even lie, cheat and bribe if necessary. Mahathir is prepared to even buy votes by bribing each voter RM1,000 if need be. And all it will cost him is RM20 million to buy enough votes to win, which is nothing to save losing face plus much more.