Mahathir spent his entire political career opposing the aristocratic culture.
He believed that the concept of succession by kinship as practiced by rulers was outmoded and reflective of ancient Hindu cultures that did not apply to Muslims.
Ironically, he spent the same career practicing favouritism of kinship by dishing out contracts to his children without calling for proposals through open tenders.
According to Section 23 of the MACC Act, it is an abuse of power for one to use his (or her) position in public office to make a decision or take an action for the benefit of himself (or herself), his (or her) kin or associate.
Mirzan Mahathir is Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s son.
Mahathir, on the other hand, is the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Yesterday, the Government of Malaysia (GoM) was accused of Cronyism and nepotism following reports that the Ministry of Finance appointed a Petron Malaysia unit as fuel provider for government vehicles.
Mirzan owns shares in both Petron Malaysia (PEM) and its parent concern, Petron Corporation (PCOR).
On the 15th of December 2010, a Philippine conglomerate specialising in food and beverage, San Miguel Corporation (SMC), exercised a share option that gave it 68.3 percent of PCOR’s stakes.
A press release by Petron Malaysia dated the 5th of June 2013 confirmed that Mirzan did indeed hold substantial shares in the holding company and was a member of its board.
If that isn’t enough to convince you that Mirzan is behind PEM, several sections of PCOR’s and SMC’s by-laws stipulate that one needs to be a shareholder in order to sit on the directorial board of any of its companies.
Mirzan was elected director of PCOR on the 13th of August 2010.
That should put to rest any doubt that the son of Mahathir is indeed a stakeholder in the largest oil refining and marketing company there is in the Philippines.
What this means, is that Mahathir may have abused his position in office if indeed it can be proven that he directed the Ministry of Finance to appoint an oil and gas unit belonging to his son as fuel provider for government vehicles.