'Pua was arrogant and disliked'
PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not mince his words when he described Tony Pua as “arrogant and disliked” by the business community when he was political secretary to then finance minister Lim Guan Eng.
“Because of this person, a lot of people were against the (Pakatan Harapan) government as they felt that the government was not sympathetic to their cause,” Dr Mahathir said at the virtual launching of his book titled Capturing Hope: The Struggle Continues for a New Malaysia yesterday.
The former prime minister was commenting on Lim’s claim that he had a “faulty memory” and it was unfair to pin the blame on Pua based on excerpts from his book.Pua, although not named directly by Dr Mahathir in his book, denied that he had threatened the developer of the Exchange 106 skyscraper at the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) when serving as Lim’s aide, saying he was singled out because of his efforts to tackle issues left behind by the previous administration of Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
It was said that Dr Mahathir was furious when informed by the owner of TRX’s developer Mulia Property Development Sdn Bhd, Djoko Tjanda, that Pua “threatened” to take over Mulia’s 49% share for only RM1 after Mulia invested more than RM1.1bil in the project. headtopics.com
Pua, the Damansara MP, said Lim had defended his role and had written several times to explain the issues to Dr Mahathir.Dr Mahathir said that he only cited the TRX project as an example of Pua’s behaviour, although many other businessmen complained about him.
He said instead of performing his duties as political secretary to Lim, Pua began meddling in the government administration, including in policy matters.“Others also came to tell me that this man – the adviser to the finance minister – was very arrogant. If I were to cite them all, it would fill the pages of an entire book,” Dr Mahathir said.
He acknowledged that the appointment of political secretaries for ministers began during his tenure.“Many ministers complained that due to their ministerial work, they did not have time to run their political on-the-ground tasks.“This was why the political secretary role was introduced – to observe and gauge a minister’s popularity among the public.
“Instead, this political secretary ordered that he was to be briefed on policies, called in officers for meetings and implemented government policies,” he claimed.Earlier, Dr Mahathir said he decided to pen his experience on the GE14 in 2018 and his subsequent appointment as prime minister and also the collapse of the Pakatan administration following the Sheraton Move. headtopics.com
He said his latest book was not as lengthy as his previous memoir, A Doctor In The House, and represented his experiences following his appointment as a prime minister again in 2018.The book, he said, also included events leading to his resignation after which he became an opposition MP and subsequently founded Parti Pejuang Tanah Air in 2020.Read more: The Star »
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*baca tajuk only* Of course lah he's arrogant. He is Pua Chu Kang, the best in Singapore, JB and some say Batam. Many oredi suspected d d-facto Min of Finance is some1 other than d named Minister. ...whereas a ultra like you who is sneaky is well liked? Why is the country in such disarray today? Who sow the seeds 40 years ago?
Well, he’s definitely some of the stuff you said but you are no better so let’s not forget that! Ya... U r the great and perfect. Greatest Msian Hero. Tun is well-loved and well-liked. Compared to you.. Everything from ur mouth is now invalid. . Hmmm.... tengok cermin do you see the same?
Tony Pua refutes Dr Mahathir’s claims he interfered in govt business | The Malaysian InsightTony Pua refutes Dr Mahathir’s claims he interfered in govt business Terasa kot haha only malaysianow has access to mahathir's book? 🤔 Tun oh Tun
Tony Pua sangkal dakwaan Dr Mahathir beliau campur tangan urusan kerajaan | The Malaysian InsightSetiausaha publisiti DAP berkata ini bukan kali pertama Dr Mahathir membuat tuduhan berkenaan. Kera kena Belacan
Dr M: 'Arrogant' Pua behaved like a minister during Harapan administrationBusinesspersons complained about Pua's attitude, says ex-PM. I think Dr M is attacking Muhyiddin's moles in DAP. Will he attack Yeo Bee Yin also? And Ong Kian Ming? And Liew Chin Tong? Hahaha. Lame Highly educated fellow who thinks his brain is the best in the world but he lies about abolishing highway tolls!
Tony Pua angkuh, berlagak macam menteri, kata Dr Mahathir | The Malaysian InsightSebagai setiausaha politik, kamu patut lapor keadaan politik negara, bukan ke sana ke mari buat dasar kerajaan, kata bekas perdana menteri. Kau yang bodoh nak pertahan kroni dan perasuah yang menang kontrak yang merugikan negara! Why now he is washing dirty linen in the public. If u have issues internally since u were a coalition party...sort it out. Is this a true statement or sensationalised by Media? Klu challenge nafsu maka dia kalah.
Tony Pua arrogant, behaved like a minister, Dr Mahathir says | The Malaysian InsightEx-PM says DAP man took part in govt business negotiations, resorted to threats. With his attitude, plausible! That means Ministers are allowed to be arrogant? Stupid RashidYusoff11 Luckily I’m not Tony Pua , who won the Damansara parliamentary seat with ease , 100 to 200 million majority? That’s how many people dislike me 😬
Tony Pua 'arrogant' and disliked by many, claims Dr MPETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not mince words when he described Tony Pua, who was Lim Guan Eng's political secretary during his term as finance minister, as an 'arrogant' and 'disliked' person. Oops that's Possibleness of this! 💤💤 RashidYusoff11 Atuk talking about himself or what 😂