Aug 6, 2008

Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to record statements from PM, DPM

The Anti- Corruption Agency will soon record the statements of the Prime Minister and his deputy over a report lodged against them by an Umno veteran. ACA director-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan said investigations into an allegation of power abuse by the two leaders in the run-up to the Umno elections this December have already started.

(Malaysiakini) Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy Najib Abdul Razak will be asked to give statements to the Anti-Corruption Agency following a report lodged against them by an Umno man yesterday.

ACA director-general Ahmad Said Hamdan told reporters in Penang that the statements from the two top leaders would be taken soon. He did not specify when it would be done.

"All our investigations, which are facts-based, are carried out without fear or favour and in a transparent manner regardless of the person's status and our arrest track record speaks for itself," he said, as reported by the Star Online.

Yesterday veteran Umno leader Mazlan Harun lodged the complaint against Abdullah and Najib - also the top two leaders in Umno - for alleged abuse of power.

He claimed that both Abdullah and Najib had abused government machineries to garner support among Umno members in a bid to sustain their positions in the coming party elections.

The complaint was based on an open letter written by Umno Petaling Jaya Selatan division chief Zahar Hashim and addressed to the party's secretary-general, demanding that both Abdullah and Najib be disciplined for allegedly abusing their power.


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