SEREMBAN: A Barisan Nasional candidate in the March 8 general election was arrested by Anti-Corruption Agency officials for allegedly trying to bribe an Umno branch chief. Mohd Nor Awang, who had stood for the Ampangan state seat, was arrested by the ACA for allegedly offering a RM500 bribe.
The bribe was to get the branch chief to nominate Mohd Nor as Seremban Umno division chief in the coming party polls.
Mohd Nor was arrested at 4.30pm in his car at the Centre Point shopping complex car park.
He had apparently just handed over the cash to the branch chief when arrested by an ACA team.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan when met in Port Dickson said he was not aware of the arrest.
“I do not know of any arrest. If there is one, I am sure the ACA will investigate it thoroughly. We must weed out corruption of any type,” he told reporters after opening the Port Dickson International Bike Fest at the Eagle Ranch Resort.
Mohd Nor was defeated in the election by PKR's Rashid Latiff by 165 votes. The seat was previously a Barisan stronghold and held for three terms by Datuk Zakaria Nordin.
The top post in the Seremban Umno division is currently being held by Datuk Ishak Ismail, a former three-term Lenggeng assemblyman.