MACC: “Wan Saiful has until March 10 to report bribe attempt”

THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan has until March 10 to lodge a police report over his allegation that he was offered a bribe in exchange for supporting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said appropriate action would be taken in the event the former Bersatu information chief fails to do so, reported The Star.

“I have checked with the MACC headquarters and our records officer, and as of this moment, he hasn’t lodged any complaint or report.

“We will wait for him to do so this week, and if he doesn’t, then we will act next week,” he told reporters on Monday (March 4) after witnessing a pledge by Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun and other state assemblymen to remain corruption-free.

According to Azam, it was Wan Saiful’s responsibility to report the matter as provided under Section 25(1) of the MACC Act 2009, as he was the one who had made the claim in Parliament.

“So rightfully, it is his responsibility to come forward and report the matter to the MACC or the nearest police station,” he remarked.

“It is not our job to go to his house, fetch him and bring him to our office to do so.”

Azam however declined to elaborate on the action that would be taken by the MACC in the event Wan Saiful did not come forward to lodge a report.

“For now, I cannot say what action we will take. But if he fails to show up, I will instruct my officers to take action,” he said.

When debating the motion of thanks on the Royal Address on Feb 28, Wan Saiful alleged that he was approached and threatened several times to support Anwar.

He claimed that if he declared support for Anwar, he would be offered RM1.7 mil in parliamentary allocations, among others.

He had also alleged that allocations for government projects could also be distributed to his so-called cronies, adding that charges against him would be dropped if he pledged support.

The Bersatu lawmaker claimed trial to 18 counts of money laundering charges involving funds totalling around RM5.59 mil in Oct last year. – March 4, 2024


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