[The Edge Daily] MACC under fire for not probing KT ‘bribery’

20 02 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s failure to investigate the attempts to bribe journalists during the recent Kuala Terengganu by-election reflects a lack of initiative, said a member of parliament.

Teo Nie Ching (Serdang-DAP) said it was unacceptable that the MACC had decided not to investigate the case with the excuse that reporters could not identify the staff at the media centre although his name had been provided in the police reports made by reporters from Merdeka Review.

Teo said she had also submitted a question to the prime minister asking him to explain on whose authority the staff was told to distribute envelopes containing RM300 to reporters and whether any action or investigation had been initiated.

She said her question was rejected on the grounds that it contradicted Rule 23(1)(c) of the Standing Order which states that a question shall not contain any argument, interference, opinion, epithet or misleading, ironical or offensive expression nor shall a question be frivolous or be asked seeking information on trivial matters.

“Such a classification is difficult to justify as my question does not contain any argument, interference, opinion or epithet. It could never be a frivolous or trivial matter too,” said Teo in parliament lobby yesterday.

She said the approach taken by MACC and the information ministry was a mockery of the so-called reforms toward a corrupt-free society.

Meanwhile, a report has been lodged in Ipoh with the MACC to investigate the Perak state assembly deputy speaker and two former state executive councillors (excos) for allegedly receiving kickbacks to leave their parties, which led to the collapse of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government in the state, said a Bernama report.

Perak Pakatan Rakyat Supporters Club chairman Khalil Idham Lim Abdullah, who is also Titi Serong state assemblyman, lodged the report yesterday asking the MACC to investigate Deputy Speaker Hee Yit Fong of DAP and Jamaluddin Mohamed Radzi and Osman Jailu, both of PKR, claiming that they had received money to support the Barisan Nasional.

An MACC spokesman confirmed receiving the report.

Article taken from The Edge Daily.




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