THE former political secretary of a Perikatan Nasional (PN) senior minister was arrested recently by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on suspicion of soliciting and accepting bribes for a project worth RM80 mil involving a ministry.
Nevertheless, former PN senior minister Datuk Mohd Radzi Jidin denied any involvement in the accusations against him that have appeared online and gone viral saying he is linked to the book project called the J-Qaf.
The online posts accused the Putrajaya MP of approving J-Qaf book printing for preschool through direct negotiation amounting to RM80 mil.
Radzi said the allegation that his wife acted as a proxy through a company called ATR One & Only Enterprise and that she was a royal with the title of Tengku was untrue.
“I would like to emphasise that the accusations in the viral message linking me and my wife to J-Qaf book printing for preschool are not true at all. My wife is also not from a royal family and she has no connection or interest in the company mentioned in the viral message,” he said in a statement posted on his Facebook page.
Radzi also affirmed that he had never asked for or accepted any bribe or kickback from anyone.
He alleged that the arrest of the political secretary was made after his statement in Parliament on Sept 19 and was upon instructions from the top.
A source said the former political secretary in his 20s and the second suspect who is a company owner in his late 50s were detained at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.
Radzi made the headlines after he screamed in Parliament against a statement made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The incident went viral with many parodies of the ‘Tarik Balik’ scream by Radzi becoming iconic songs or videos on TikTok and other social media platforms. – Sept 24, 2023