Too much to suggest Sanusi committing crime for giving views of Penang-Kedah history, says Mahathir

Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (picture, below) yesterday, Thursday June 8, 2023, said via Facebook that talking about truths in history should not be a crime.

He also said that Malays not being able to talk about their problems was a form of "racism".

"As to history, the law does not ban it - only if we promote fake stories for a wrongful purpose. Telling the truth about the past is not a crime,” he added.

On Tuesday June 6, Dr Mahathir waded into the “Kedah owns Penang” controversy by claiming that historically, the Kedah Sultan agreed for the British East India Company to take over the island for 6,000 Spanish dollars a year.

"This was increased to 10,000 Spanish dollars a year after a strip of the mainland opposite was added to the deal.

"In addition to this, the agreement required the British company to help in the defence of Kedah if attacked by foreign countries,” he said.

Taking to Twitter, he said while he did not want to be involved in the controversy over Penang, but suggesting that Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor was committing a crime for giving his views of the history of the island was too much.

Dr Mahathir said the agreement with regard to ceding of Singapore was different as it was straightforward as the British made a one-time payment of 60,000 Spanish dollars to the Temenggong.

"As such, the difference between the Penang deal and Singapore deal was obvious.”

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