Exco man accused of graft


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IPOH: The Perak exco line-up has been hit with another controversy after one of its members, Abdul Yu­­nus Jamhari, was accused of soliciting kickbacks from two companies.

Abdul Yunus denied the allegation in a statement late yesterday.

This latest issue, of which a police report has been lodged, came in the wake of the police investigation into fellow exco member Paul Yong Choo Kiong for allegedly raping his maid.

Yong, who is Perak Housing and Local Government Committee chair­­man, has denied the allegation.

Ahmad Adenan Said, who is special officer to Abdul Yunus, denied an accusation that his boss has leaked the minutes of a state exco meeting in an attempt to get kickbacks from two companies in Kerian.

He claimed that it was an attempt by Parit Buntar PKR committee member Beh Yong Kean to smear Abdul Yunus’ name.

Beh lodged a report on the matter at the district police station here yesterday.

“It’s pure allegation and an attempt to slander him.

“I believe the accusation was made because Abdul Yunus did not approve Beh’s applications for a piece of land and to build an ice factory in Tanjung Piandang, which he failed to adhere to regulations.

“We will fully cooperate with the police to get to the truth,” said Ahmad Adenan.

In his report, Beh alleged that Abdul Yunus, who is State Public Amenities, Infrastructure, Agricul­ture and Plantation Commit­tee chairman, had leaked the minutes to him so that he could negotiate with the two companies to get “commissions” in order to gain support for applications over two lots of land.

The incident was said to have occurred in October last year.

During a press conference, Beh said it was wrong to leak government secrets and it was a crime under the Official Secrets Act.

“I am ready to provide all evidence to the police.

“I hope the police will investigate this matter fairly without looking at his position in the state government,” said Beh, who is also a Ke­­rian district council member.

Meanwhile, Abdul Yunus said he believed that Beh was being used by a mastermind to discredit him.

State PKR chairman Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak said he would not take allegations of corruption lightly.

“We are disappointed with the allegation. It was just a few days ago that I have urged all leaders to maintain their integrity.

“We have been given the trust by the people (as elected representatives).

“No one should abuse their executive powers,” he said.

He said the state PKR would hold a meeting on the matter.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Ali Tamby confirmed that they had received the report.

“We will refer it to the Kerian district police for the next course of action,” he said.


   

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