ALOR SETAR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad must prove his claims that the Kedah government sold three islands near Langkawi to the Chinese, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.
"In my time as Mentri Besar, none of Langkawi's 99 islands were sold to the Chinese, so he must show the islands he claimed have been sold. Don't make accusations because you want to win the election," said Ahmad Bashah.
He said this when speaking to reporters after the Jelajah Muafakat Rakyat programme in Kuala Kedah on Monday (April 2).
Dr Mahathir made the allegation during a ceramah series in Yan near here last Friday (March 30).
Ahmad Bashah added that areas in Kedah that needed developing were sometimes put on long-term mortgages to investors.
"Investors get a mortgage of 66 years, and if they want a longer term for bigger development projects, they add on an extra 33 years," he said.
He added that this was a normal procedure, even when Dr Mahathir was the Prime Minister.
"I have never changed the policy, but there has never been any sale of islands," said Ahmad Bashah.
He added that Dr Mahathir's statement was a betrayal of his 22-year struggle as a Barisan Prime Minister.
"By doing this at this advanced age, he has betrayed the trust people had for him back then, all because he wants to bring down Umno and Barisan which made him famous in the first place," said Ahmad Bashah.