Leaders in government are also being probed for corruption: PM Anwar

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim speaking in parliament on Dec 20, 2022. Photo: Instagram / @anwaribrahim_my
Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim speaking in parliament on Dec 20, 2022. Photo: Instagram / @anwaribrahim_my

Earlier today Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim revealed that there are ongoing investigations into corruption among some leaders within the government bloc, but their identities have not been disclosed. 

During a Q&A session in Dewan Rakyat, Anwar disclosed that the probes are being conducted on members from both sides of the Parliament, and not just the opposition. 

Nevertheless, the Tambun MP stated that he was not aware of any specific details regarding the investigations.

“I do not know (about these probes) specifically, but I have been informed there are investigations involving those in the opposition and government bloc,” The Vibes quoted the PM as saying. 

“I do not know their positions. I only asked the authorities, who confirmed that there were investigations (going on).

“Whether the prosecution is made or not, is up to the authorities – the Attorney-General’s Chambers,” he added.

During a question-and-answer session, Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (Rantau Panjang-PN) asked Anwar if there were any investigations being conducted against MPs within the government bloc to avoid accusations of selective prosecution. She also inquired if there would be an investigation into the political funds of government parties.

Anwar responded by reiterating his previous answer that political funding for a party is now permissible, but it would be deemed corrupt if the lenders are given contracts in return for their contributions.

“I have no problem with conducting investigations (on political parties that are government allies), but one needs to understand the law now allows funding to political parties. What led to the previous prosecution was the association with awarded contracts.”

According to Anwar, it is legal for individuals to make donations to political parties, but if they receive contracts, funding or other benefits for themselves, their companies, or associates, it would be considered corrupt. 

He mentioned that anyone who suspects corruption in donations to PKR is welcome to ask questions.

Previously, a Pakatan Harapan MP accused former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of awarding the National Integrated Immigration System (NIISe) contract to a company connected to his son-in-law. 

The Vibes reported that Muhyiddin’s son-in-law, Muhamad Adlan Berhan, who is married to Muhyiddin’s daughter Nabilah, is a shareholder of Agathistwo Jia Sdn Bhd and has links to one of the frontrunners for the RM1.2 billion NIISe project, security solutions provider S5 Holdings Inc. 

Muhamad Adlan Berhan was a director of the company and remained one of its owners before he resigned on Sep. 21, 2018.

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