Teresa Kok lashes out at MACC and NST

By Neville Spykerman,The Malaysian Insider

The conduct of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in its investigations into alleged misuse of state allocations by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state lawmakers was again called in to question today.

Selangor executive councillor Teresa Kok, who first raised the issue on July 13, was criticised for making an inflammatory statement when she asked why only Chinese state lawmakers from the Petaling district were being targeted in the MACC probe.

The seven state lawmakers were Kok, Hannah Yeoh (Subang), Ean Yong Hian Wah (Sri Kembangan), Dr Cheah Wing Yin (Damansara Utama), Edward Lee (Bukit Gasing), Lau Weng San (Kampung Tuanku) and Elizabeth Wong (Bukit Lanjan).

Kok said today that on July 16 a New Straits Times report based on MACC sources indicated that the agency was also investigating five Malay PR lawmakers for alleged falsification of claims.

The NST editorialised that this was contrary to claims made by Kok that only Chinese state lawmakers were being investigated.

She said a letter to the editor on July 20 with the heading “Remark is inflammatory” also criticised her for asking MACC for an explanation.

However Kok said today her checks with the Petaling district officer revealed that only the files of the seven Chinese lawmakers were taken by a MACC investigating officer, on June 23.

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