Azalina: “Don’t twist my words, I didn’t say MACC probe into gaming fund was dropped”

LAW and Institutional Reform Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said has denied that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has halted its probe regarding allegations that Perikatan Nasional (PN) has received funding from gaming companies to fund its campaign for the 15th general election (GE15).

“I would like to emphasise that the response I provided in the Dewan Rakyat on behalf of MACC does not indicate that any investigation related to these allegations has been terminated or dropped,” she said in a statement on her Facebook page.

“Instead, MACC has only stated that no investigation papers have been opened thus far due to the general nature of the information obtained.”

The Pengerang MP reiterated that the anti-corruption watchdog said information it received on the matter so far did not contain enough details to support further investigation.

“In this regard, MACC as an independent and neutral body will of course and have the right to conduct related investigations and open investigation where necessary according to the MACC Act 2009 or any law in force under to information and evidence obtained from time to time,” she said.

She further stated that, in addition to the MACC, agencies such as the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) were given the power to conduct their own investigations into any wrongdoing.

“Malaysian laws do not have any time limit to initiate any action on criminal cases,” she added.

She also condemned those who had politicised and twisted her reply to the Pasir Mas MP Ahmad Fadhil Shaari or made unfounded accusations against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“I urge all parties to respect the principle of ‘rule of law’ and not to jump to conclusions based solely on replies given in the Dewan Rakyat.” – May 26, 2023


Main pic credit: Facebook/Azalina Othman Said

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