Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Wednesday he was not surprised with former Land and Cooperative Minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam’s acquittal and discharge.

Kasitah, he said, was a victim of overzealous groups at that time who wanted to prove that the government was not practising discrimination in combating corruption, including among cabinet ministers.

“I’m not surprised because I don’t think he is guilty of anything; that’s why there was no action taken against him during my administration.

“I believe that in the attempt to prove that the government at that time was not practising discrimination in combating corruption even among cabinet ministers, they decided to investigate,” he told reporters after the introduction of Malaysian rally team PROTON R3, at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here today.

Dr Mahathir said that although he had expected Kasitah’s acquittal, he was concerned that certain individuals were still at large despite several police reports lodged against them for alleged corrupt practices.

“They should also undergo the same process to prove that the government is not bias,” he said.

Kasitah, 62, was charged with committing corrupt practice and cheating involving shares belonging to the Sabah Land Development Board (SLDB) in 1996.

He was acquitted and discharged by the Kuala Lumpur High Court today without his defence being called on grounds that the prosecution had failed to make out a prima facie case on both charges. — BERNAMA