Tok Pa denies joining Bersatu to avoid being investigated for corruption

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed denies allegations that he joined Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) to avoid being investigated for corruption.

The Jeli MP added that he was prepared to cooperate with the relevant authorities at any given time.

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Mustapa, who is a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, also strongly denied allegations made by Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that he had misappropriated funds while he was Kelantan Umno liaison chief.

"All party funds were managed according to party guidelines, including funds for elections.

"It was managed by the respective committees

at the liaison body level," he said in a statement Wednesday (June 29).

Testifying in his defence at his corruption trial, Zahid on Tuesday (June 28) had said that in the aftermath of the 14th General Election (GE14) in May 2018 when Barisan Nasional lost, several MPs from Umno had joined Bersatu to avoid being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and charged in court for criminal activity.

Mustapa was among the Umno MPs who had quit Umno after GE14.

Among others, Zahid had mentioned two MPs in his testimony — one of whom is the current Masjid Tanah MP and the other was the Jeli MP.

Zahid claimed that the Jeli MP in Kelantan had taken more than RM30mil which was supposed to be used for election machinery in the state, especially for logistics to bring home Kelantan natives from the Klang Valley to vote.

“He was the Kelantan Umno liaison chief. I was told that more than RM30mil was not used for logistics,” said Zahid.

He did not name the MPs, but Mustapa is the Jeli MP while Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin is the MP for Masjid Tanah.

In his statement, Mustapa explained that after GE14, he had been summoned twice by the authorities to provide his statement at the end of 2018 and in early 2019.

"As a former Cabinet member, I was asked to give my statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) regarding the minutes of Cabinet meetings related to the Trans Sabah Gas Pipeline project.

"As the former Kelantan Umno liaison chief, I was also told to give my statement to the police regarding funds channeled to Kelantan Umno believed to be sourced from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB)," he added.

Mustapa also noted that such accusations were aimed at damaging his reputation as a member of Cabinet and as an MP.

"I was never under any pressure from anyone to join Bersatu and never misappropriated funds from Kelantan Umno.

"I'm ready to cooperate with the authorities if necessary," he said.

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