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Misuse of power by BN in handling of crony corruption case - malaysiakini

Malaysiakini's report:

The intense campaigning for the Kuala Terengganu by-election may have forced the newly minted Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) to delay charging a former Selangor assemblyperson for alleged corruption.


The assemblyperson who was alleged to have taken money amounting to several thousand ringgit, arrived at the MACC's Shah Alam branch this morning to have his statement recorded. This is standard procedure before a person is produced in court to be charged.

corruption chargesAfter his statement was recorded, the assemblyperson who is in his 50s, was transported to the Ampang Court where he was scheduled to appear. However, scores of personnel from the print and electronic media who had waited anxiously since morning at the Ampang Court were left disappointed when MACC officials informed them of the postponement.

A source said the assemblyperson, who is also a blogger and former division head, was already outside the court about to be taken in when orders came from "higher up" instructing the MACC to postpone the matter.

"We received instructions to postpone proceedings to charge the individual until after the Kuala Terengganu by-election," said the source.

"We will inform all of you when the person will be brought to court."

Opposition harping on corruption issue

PAS had indicated early on that the party would bring up matters pertaining to corruption and money politics within the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition and Umno during campaigning.

wan mutalib embongTerengganu PAS deputy commissioner Wan Abdul Mutalib Embong had indicated that they would also capitalise on issues like infighting in Umno and BN.

"The glory days of Umno and BN are over. Umno is now littered with problems of corruption within the party, from the branches to the division level.

"This proves that over the years, it has become a party which the people can no longer depend on, as members are only interested in enriching themselves," Wan Abdul Mutalib, who is leading Terengganu PAS in the by-election, had said.

The by-election is pitting BN's Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh against PAS' Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut and independent Azharudin Mamat@ Adam. There are 80,229 registered voters, including 1,035 postal voters in the area.

Postal voters began casting their votes last Saturday, while polling day for the by-election is this coming Saturday. The seat fell vacant following the death of Kuala Terengganu MP Razali Ismail on Nov 28 -