PUTRAJAYA - "If you want to say that I am a perfectionist, yes I admit, but I am also human, sometimes I overlooked (something)," former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the Bank Negara Malaysia's (BNM) foreign exchange (forex) losses in the early 1980's today.
Dr Mahathir said that in reply to Conducting Officer Datuk Suhaimi Ibrahim, who suggested that Dr Mahathir was a perfectionist and meticulous person who would pay great attention to a problem, but had failed to pay attention to the huge losses suffered by the BNM.
"No matter how careful I am in handling everything, there are things I had overlooked. For example, I appointed the wrong person," he said without naming the person.
At this juncture, RCI panel member, High Court Judge Datuk Kamaludin Md Said told Dr Mahathir that the issue in question concerned the losses suffered by the BNM.
Kamaludin also asked Dr Mahathir whether he had wrongly appointed the then Finance Minister, to which he answered: "He seemed nice at first, but what he had in mind, I didn't know."
To Suhaimi's question that Dr Mahathir should have given more attention to the BNM losses as it was