JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Anti -Corruption Commission (MACC) Johor has recorded the statements of four people in connection with a report of an RM10mil bribe that was allegedly offered to PKR’s Sekijang MP Natrah Ismail for her to switch sides.
Johor MACC director Datuk Azmi Alias said all the witnesses involved, including Natrah, had been called to record their statements.
“The first phase of the investigation has been completed and the investigation paper has been handed over to the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC).
"We are still waiting for a decision from the AGC for further action," he said during a press conference after the MACC Corruption Prevention Awareness CD launching ceremony at the Johor MACC headquarters here on Monday (March 15).
The programme was launched by MACC deputy chief commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Seri Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil.
On March 4, Natrah claimed she had been approached and offered to switch parties and support the Perikatan Nasional government led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Natrah had said in a statement that she was approached by two people on March 3, including one with a Datuk Seri title.
On March 6, the MACC had urged Natrah to lodge a report following her allegations that she had been enticed to switch allegiances.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated case, Azmi said the MACC has handed over the investigation paper to the AGC regarding the meat cartel scandal two weeks ago.
“The MACC investigation officer has conducted a thorough investigation over the matter since December last year in collecting evidence over the case.
“We have identified 12 suspects involved in the case that consists of a company owner, civil servants from a government agency and enforcement agency, as well as a delivery agent, ” he said.
On Jan 4, the MACC had busted a cartel that had been smuggling meat from Ukraine, Brazil, Argentina and China, and repackaging them with a halal logo.
A raid was carried out at a warehouse in Senai, Johor where 1,500 tonnes of frozen meat worth RM30mil were seized.
The cartel, believed to have been operating for a few years, had allegedly been using the warehouse as a location to make fake labels and stamps to be pasted on packages of meat not certified to be halal.