Aug 6, 2008

UMNO veteran lodges complaint at ACA against PM Abdullah

An Umno veteran lodged a report with the Anti-Corruption Agency against the party’s top leaders. Selangor veteran leader Datuk Mazlan Harun, who is also a former Umno Youth exco member, did not make it clear what the report was about but said it was to alert the ACA on possible abuse of power in the run-up to the party elections in December. Meanwhile Umno Deputy President Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has refused to comment about an Anti-Corruption Agency report against him and party president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

KUALA LUMPUR: A ruling party UMNO veteran has on Tuesday lodged a complaint at the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) against Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi and his deputy for alleged abuse of power.

This is the first time that a formal complaint was lodged against the party's top two leaders on money politics.

Speaking after lodging a report at the ACA branch office in Kuala Lumpur, UMNO veteran Mazlan Harun accused Prime Minister Abdullah and his deputy Najib Razak of abusing their position and party machinery to stay in power while warning others not to do so.

Mr Mazlan continued to say that it was a clear breach of election guidelines issued by UMNO headquarters.

"Everybody wants an internal party poll which is free from interference," said Mr Mazlan in Malay.

"It's not just the Malay community, but Malaysians at large want a free and fair election. I will leave it to the ACA to take action."

Many doubt the investigation will go anywhere as the ACA is unlikely to initiate actions against their bosses.

Critics see the latest report as a sign of cracks within UMNO, which they say is at its weakest following the dismal electoral showing in March.

Meanwhile, scores of reporters are camping out at former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim's family home in Bukit Segambut, on strong rumours that he may be arrested ahead of the crucial by-election in Permatang Pauh.

The election commission will meet on Wednesday to decide on the nomination and polling dates.

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