Jul 9, 2007

"I Don't Know," Says PM Of Minister Alleged To Be Corrupt

The famous answer : "Saya Tak Tahu"

PENANG, July 8 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today he does not know who the senior cabinet minister is who has been accused of being corrupt in a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister's Office.

The Prime Minister said he was informed of the memorandum handed to his office by Ezam Mohd Nor, chairman of the Movement for Democracy and Anti-Corruption (Gerak), and that he would study it.

"I was informed about the memorandum and I will study it," he told reporters after launching an environment awareness campaign.

Asked who was the minister alleged to be corrupt, Abdullah said: "I don't know".

On June 29, Ezam, who is also former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) youth chief, submitted to Abdullah's office a document which Ezam claimed also contained allegations of criminal breach of trust and misappropriation involving the minister.

Copies of two police reports lodged against the minister were also submitted with the 632-page document, according to Ezam.

As reported earlier by Malaysiakini :
'Minister used company funds to settle his RM30 mil debt'

A senior cabinet minister allegedly siphoned RM30 million from a public listed company to pay off his personal debts 10 year ago, according to a corruption watchdog today.

Besides revealing that he is an Umno minister, Democracy and Anti-Corruption Movement (Gerak) chairperson Ezam Mohd Nor declined to reveal other details on the person’s identity.

“There are several cases against this minister but one is clear, that he used a public company’s funds amounting to RM30 million to settle his personal debts,” he told reporters in Putrajaya.

Earlier, Ezam submitted 632-pages of evidence against the minister to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s office. The report was received by Abdullah’s senior private secretary Ahmad Yaacob.

This includes two police reports lodged by the public listed company’s managing director in 1998, statements from the Malaysian Companies Commission, receipts and payment invoices involving “thousands of ringgit”. It also has 13 appendixes.

Ezam said it took six months for Gerak to compile all the evidence.

Asked to identify the minister, he said: “We have an agreement with the PM’s office that it is for them to announce, not me. I give the prime minister the privilege to announce (the name).”

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1 comment:

ghostline said...

There is a legend that the Roman emperor Nero played his fiddle while Rome burned.

The legend happens to be apocryphal, but it accurately described Nero's indifference to the Roman people.

PM Badawi seems determined to make Nero his role model and twiddle his thumbs while Malaysia burns.