Charge PKR duo if you have strong evidence, Patriot tells MACC

(FMT) – The National Patriots Association (Patriot) has urged the Malaysian-Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) to charge two PKR members who were recently sacked by the party if it has strong evidence against them.

“This is the new Malaysia and the people have no tolerance for corruption,” the president of the ex-servicemen’s group, Arshad Raji, said in a statement.

PKR recently sacked central committee member Zakaria Abdul Hamid and ordinary member Ismail Dulhadi after the anti-graft agency suggested for action to be taken against them.

The allegation against Zakaria involved a RM20,000 public works contract to PKR leaders in the Bera area, while the allegation against Ismail involved “marked-up prices” for a project in 2018, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail had told reporters.

MACC has since admitted that a letter recommending disciplinary action had been mistakenly sent to PKR, adding that it was not its responsibility to advise political parties.

But Arshad said the duo’s case was now not just an internal party matter but also of public interest.

He said that if the alleged graft, which happened during the first year of the Pakatan Harapan government, was true, then it was “very shameful”.

The episode, Arshad said, served as a warning to all PH parties that the people cannot tolerate any form of corruption, even for small amounts and involving small projects.

“PH parties must keep their political leaders at all levels in check,” he added.