If the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) supppose to be an independent body, so who is going to investigate ACA for any corruption cases?.
"I Was Given RM3,000 By ACA," Says Lingam's Former Secretary
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) -- A former secretary of Datuk V. K. Lingam was given RM3,000 by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) after being told that its investigations into a New Zealand holiday involving the lawyer and former chief justice Tun Mohd Eusoff Chin was closed, the Royal Commission of Inquiry heard today.
L. G. Jayanthi, 45, said an ACA officer telephoned her to say that the investigation was closed because it involved several high-ranking officers in the government.
Asked by commission chairman Tan Sri Haidar Mohamed Noor why the money was given to her, the inquiry's 19th witness did not reply.
Questioned further by Haidar on whether she took the money, Jayanthi replied: "Yes".
When re-examined by her counsel R.S.N. Rayer on whether the RM3,000 was a reward or to buy her silence, she merely that it was given to her just like that.
Jayanthi said that in 1998, the ACA recorded her statements thrice, adding that three months later, an ACA officer, Wong Chee Kong telephoned her to say that the case was closed.
To another question by Rayer whether in the course of her employment with Lingam, she had made an arrangement to have cakes and flowers delivered to the judge's house, she replied in the affirmative.
Apart from those deliveries, Jayanthi said, she also withdrew a big sum money from a bank but had no idea to whom the money was handed to.
To a question by her other counsel, Datuk Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who attempted to establish closeness between Lingam and corporate figure Tan Sri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun, Jayanthi said there was a direct communication system linking the duo.
She said there was an intercom in Lingam's room at his office, which was directly connected to Tan's office.
At this juncture, Tan's counsel Pradeep Kumar, objected to the question.
Drawing laughter from the gallery, Haidar excitedly exclaimed: "This is to show the closeness as intended by Shafee."