Editor’s Note: In his latest Facebook posting former prime minister and Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has denied that he had been arrested at a golf course today as spread by a news portal.
PERIKATAN Nasional (PN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), according to news portal Harapan Daily.
A source told Harapan Daily that the Bersatu president who is also the MP for Pagoh was arrested while he was playing golf at a golf course in Selangor.
The same source also told Harapan Daily that Muhyiddin will be charged in court tomorrow (March 9).
FocusM is currently checking with MACC on the veracity of the news report.
However, an aide to Muhyiddin has denied the former prime minister (PM) was arrested by the MACC as claimed by Harapan Daily.
When contacted by Free Malaysia Today (FMT), Muhyiddin’s press secretary Hafiz Abdul Halim also denied that his boss had been arrested.
“Not true. He was not arrested today,” Hafiz told the news portal. “Meanwhile, MACC sources said the Pagoh MP was scheduled to have his statement taken at the graft buster’s headquarters in Putrajaya tomorrow (March 9).”
Previously, Bersatu member and the party’s former information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan who is also the Teluk Gelugor MP was charged in court over the Jana Wibawa fund scandal on Feb 21.
Muhyiddin became the eighth PM following the Sheraton Move conspiracy which toppled the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government after 22 months in power on February 2020.
Earlier today, MalaysiaNow reported that the PN chairman was believed to be next on the list of opposition leaders to be charged with the news portal claiming to have reliably learnt that the former PM could be arrested and brought to court as early as tomorrow (March 9).
“It was not immediately clear the nature of the charge to be brought against the Bersatu president who headed the government during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic,” noted MalaysiaNow.
“But this comes after weeks of accusations by government leaders against Bersatu, followed by the questioning of party leaders over alleged abuses linked to Jana Wibawa, a post-COVID programme to help Bumiputera contractors.” – March 8, 2023