MACC ‘hounding’ Anwar opponents, says Bersatu after new probe linked to Radzi
Bersatu today slammed the investigation linked to allegations of corruption during Putrajaya MP Radzi Jidin’s tenure as education minister, saying the chronology of events suggests “the systematic targeting and hounding by enforcement bodies” of the government’s political opponents.
(MalaysiaNow) – Sasha Lyna Abdul Latif, the deputy chairman of Bersatu’s legal and constitutional bureau, said Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim had “suddenly made a baseless accusation” against Radzi while “purporting to explain” his stance on the discharge not amounting to acquittal (DNAA) granted to his deputy, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in the Dewan Rakyat on Sept 19.
“Later on the same day, a WhatsApp message went viral with false allegations of the Putrajaya MP’s involvement in a graft scandal involving the project of J-Qaf books publication for preschoolers and some other project,” she said.
“On Sept 21, Umno’s Batu chief division, now politically allied with the prime minister, lodged a complaint to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). On Sept 22, MACC announced that it had arrested Radzi’s former political secretary when he was the education minister.”
In a statement, she said the chronology of events was “important and astounding”.
“It is irrational, unrealistic and laughable to suggest that the swift and sudden moves by MACC and Anwar’s political allies from Wednesday to Friday against Radzi are unconnected with the bitter spat with the prime minister on Tuesday.”