Wednesday, September 17, 2008

ACA starts probe on crossover claims


PUTRAJAYA: The Anti-Corruption Agency has opened a file to investigate claims by Barisan Nasional MPs that they are being offered money by Pakatan Rakyat to join them.

ACA director-general Datuk Ahmad Said said this was part of a proactive measure by the agency to investigate such reports of corruption.

“We are currently monitoring the situation. We have several reports already of MPs who have claimed to be offered money to cross over to the Opposition.

“However, we can’t give any names presently. For those who have claimed they have been offered huge sums of money to cross over to the Opposition, they should report to us immiedately.

“If investigations find these claims to be true, we will take action,” he told reporters Wednesday after attending Malaysia’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on Anti-Corruption at Wisma Putra here.

On the claim by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Hasan Malek that he had been offered money and a post as inducement to join the Opposition, Ahmad said the agency had gotten the former’s statement on the matter.

Hasan said although he had rejected the offer, he was still being persuaded to cross over.

PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had claimed that he had 31 Barisan MPs defecting to Pakatan Rakyat and that he was seeking a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for a peaceful transition of power.

“He made a report with us on Tuesday and we are looking into it,” he said.