by FAYYADH JAAFAR / Pic by TMR FILE PIX
THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must explain why there is still no action taken on five cases involving politicians allegedly being paid to switch sides.
DAP general secretary Lim Guan Eng (picture) said the five cases include former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s audio recording offering political posts and positions in government-linked corporations in exchange for political support and Warisan Labuan MP Rozman Isli’s unrebutted statement that he was charged with corruption during his time as Labuan Port Authority deputy chairman five years ago, due to his refusal to cross over to Bersatu.
There are also the cases of Tebrau MP Steven Choong who defected from PKR to support Muhyiddin with a promise of an official position that would provide him with a platform to rebuild the nation’s economy; Kuala Langat MP Dr Xavier Jayakumar who defected and supported Muhyiddin, which former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said involved RM78.2 million.
Finally, five PKR MPs rejected inducements or were subjected to intimidation to defect and support Muhyiddin, namely Putatan MP Awang Husaini Sahari, M Karupaiya (Padang Serai), S Kesavan (Sungai Siput), Michael Teo (Miri) and Sekijang MP Natrah Ismail.
Lim also questioned MACC’s immediate action on him but was slow to act on these other cases although they have been going on for a long time.
“Chief commissioner Azam Baki was not telling the truth when he said MACC could not proceed with investigations on these politicians, insisting that MACC could not find conclusive evidence that bribes were paid.
“If that was the case, then why was I still charged with corruption although no ‘corruption money’ was found in my personal bank account or in cash, nor was there any audio recording of my request for money?” he said.
Lim added that Azam’s assertion of helplessness to act is prejudiced by his share of shenanigans, when the latter tried to cover up his unexplained shares and transactions valued at millions of ringgit.