GEORGE TOWN- Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says he will not swear on the Quran that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had asked for funds from the World Bank in 1999.
He said the World Bank had records to confirm the approval of an application by the Malaysian Government that year.
“I have also issued a statement on the report by the World Bank. These are facts and the World Bank had approved the application by Malaysia. What is there to swear about?” he asked.
Dr Mahathir had, on Saturday, challenged Anwar to swear on the Quran in a mosque that he had written a letter to the World Bank asking for funds.
He had said that he was willing to swear in a mosque that he did not write such a letter.
Anwar said the World Bank's annual report showed the kind of loans given to Malaysia from 1999 and subsequently.
“How am I supposed to find the letter sent by the Government to the World Bank? This is a trick. If I keep such a letter, then it will come under the OSA (Official Secrets Act),” he told reporters during a break at the Penang Muslim Congregation Convention at Evergreen Laurel Hotel here on Sunday.
He said he came to know about the country's request for funds in 1999 during his consultancy work for the World Bank in 2005.