PKR man claims he was offered RM50 million to entice defections

P. Chandra Sagaran, Emedia News

A Parti Keadilan Rakyat division leader alleged that he was offered RM50 million by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to entice defections to the Barisan Nasional after the March 8 general election. (SURAT AKUAN FAUZI MUDA)

Ipoh Barat PKR division chief Fauzi Muda spoke to reporters at the PKR Perak office here after he made a statutory declaration on the alleged meeting with Najib today.

He claimed he was taken on a "business trip" on March 11 last year by one Sulaiman Mansor to Kuala Lumpur, where they met former deputy defence minister Datuk Zainal Abidin Zin and two others at the Jalan Duta Toll Plaza.

"I was taken to meet Najib personally at his house in Putrajaya and he offered me RM50 million to approach two PKR state assemblymen to cross over to BN/Umno. "It was up to me how much I would give the assemblymen to defect," he said. Fauzi said he "did not say yes or no" or "do anything" after his return. After the appointment of the state executive council, he claimed Sulaiman's agents kept calling him about the cross-overs.

"This time the offer was RM5 million each for the two excos and assurances were given that the two would be maintained as excecutive councillors and the corruption charges against them would be withdrawn." The two exco members are Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, who is Behrang assemblyman, and Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu, the Changkat Jering assemblyman. They were charged with corruption last August in connection with a housing project in Perak Tengah and are due to appear in court on Feb 10. Asked why it took so long for him to come out with the allegations, Fauzi said he was sure the cross-overs would not happen.

Asked whether the two exco members were aware of the offer, he said "they do not know that I met Najib". He said he had informed de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of the meeting. Anwar announced the defection of the Umno assemblyman for Bota, Datuk Nasarudin Hashim, on Jan 25, a surprise development which sparked off rumours of counter-defections from the PKR. Fauzi said he would lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.