Muhyiddin denies claims he took money as NRC chief

PERIKATAN Nasional chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin has denied receiving any monetary compensation as chairman of the National Recovery Council (NRC), advising UMNO supreme council member Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi to conduct thorough research before making such accusations.

Puad, in a Facebook post, questioned where all of the alleged allocations given to the NRC went and urged Muhyiddin to come forward and explain.

He said the NRC Chairman had received the special allocation from the then prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

“It is understood that during his tenure as chairman of the NRC, Muhyiddin may have received a special allocation of hundreds (of millions) of ringgit from the then prime minister. The question is where the money is spent?” he asked.

Muhyiddin, however, clarified that the advisory body did not receive any government funding.

Muhyiddin, who was chairing the NRC at the time, reportedly took his lawyer’s advice and resigned before the 15th General Election.

“Even when I was leading NRC, I did it pro bono and did not take a single sen as an allowance,” the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president was quoted as saying by local daily New Straits Times.

In denying the allegations, Muhyiddin said such claims were “lies”.

“(The authorities) should check whether hundreds of millions are there (in the account).

“Where is the evidence that I received millions? (These are) all lies. I didn’t get a single sen in allocation (from the government),” Muhyiddin added. — Dec 18, 2022

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