PKR sec-gen seeks MACC meeting to hand over evidence of bribery involving MPs

  • Nation
  • Monday, 08 Mar 2021

PETALING JAYA: Amid speculation of horse-trading among MPs, PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail has pledged to hand over evidence to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on alleged attempts to buy over Opposition MPs.

Saifuddin said he would write to MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki soon to arrange a meeting, saying he would hand over the purported evidence during the meet.

"If he is ready to cooperate, I will furnish evidence of how efforts to bribe MPs are ongoing," he said during a press conference at the party's headquarters in Merchant Square on Monday (March 8).

He was there with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and advisory board chairman Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, to launch the party's initiative to assist women in distress, in conjunction with International Women's Day.

Saifuddin also declined to reveal the amount offered to MPs or the number of MPs approached.

"The amount and others are in our records. Most importantly, we want to see how the MACC responds. If there is none, then we will do this in another appropriate manner," he said.

On Sunday (March 7), Sekijang MP Natrah Ismail lodged an MACC report alleging that she was offered to switch sides.

Shortly after, the MACC confirmed her report in a statement, saying that Natrah had gone to its Segamat branch officer with allegations of being offered a RM10mil bribe by two individuals who wanted her to cross the floor.

The MACC also said it would investigate the matter and get statements from several witnesses.

Saifuddin also said it was perplexing that the MACC had stated in its statement that Natrah was being offered a RM10mil bribe.

"Natrah never mentioned the RM10mil. Where did the MACC get the figure from?" he questioned.

MACC had stated in its statement that the RM10mil figure was mentioned on the Facebook page "Ops Johor".

Meanwhile, Saifuddin urged the MACC not to be used as a political weapon by the government, adding that the anti-graft body must be quick in conducting investigations once a report is lodged.

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