MACC probe against Mat Sabu's aide shows there is no government interference

NST Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation into an aide of Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, who allegedly received RM800,000 to help free him from bankruptcy status, was proof that the government does not interfere in the graft busters work.

Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) communications director Khalid Abdul Samad said MACC’s free hand in probing the matter would also lead to a corrupt free administration.

“We welcome what MACC is doing. If they find any case against the person being investigated then he must be charged.

“Amanah will not protect him or demand for the prosecution against him to be halted. This is our commitment to the people to ensure a corrupt free administration,” he said in a statement.

It was reported that the MACC probe against Mohamad’s aide began two months ago. Mohamad - who is popularly known as Mat Sabu, is Amanah president.

Meanwhile, Mohamad in a statement said that he welcomed the MACC investigation on anyone at the Defence Ministry, as well as his office.

"I am prepared to give my full commitment and cooperation to the MACC. For me, there is no compromise in matters pertaining to integrity.

"If there is a case, the MACC can charge any individuals involved via the available legal avenues," Mohamad said.

The investigation was launched following a report received from a whistleblower and the senior officer had already been summoned by MACC to have his statement recorded.

MACC has also summoned 10 other individuals to record their statements, including several defence contractors and businessmen.

It was reported that MACC was probing the officer, who had allegedly received RM800,000 from several quarters to help him settle his debts and free him from bankrupt status.

The officer was declared bankrupt by the Insolvency Department around four years ago. He remained a bankrupt until the end of May, when the department received several payments from several quarters to help him pay off his debts.

The payment was made several days after Mat Sabu was sworn in as Defence Minister.

MACC is investigating whether the payment was made with the aim of securing projects from the Defence Ministry in return. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd