Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad clarifies that at no point did he suggest allegations of bribery against AirAsia as offset payments.
In answering to questions by the press, he pointed out that it is normal for the government to request for offset to benefit from big purchases. He did not say that AirAsia was benefiting from this normal practice. He said that only if the money goes to individuals that it becomes a bribe. If it is not for personal benefit then it is not a bribe in his view.
It is up to the investigators to determine whether it is a bribe or not.
Reports in the media alluding to the Prime Minister suggesting allegations of bribery against AirAsia as being offset payments is therefore inaccurate and misleading.
The Prime Minister’s Office views seriously such misleading reports and reports that do not accurately reflect what is said by the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister’s Office therefore wish to advise the media to be more sensitive as misleading reports could have undesirable consequences on the public’s understanding of issues.
PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
7 FEBRUARY 2020
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