The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must authenticate an audio recording purportedly of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin offering positions to Umno MPs in exchange for support.
Lawyer Ramkarpal Singh said there will be serious implications if the recording is genuine.
“The first we need to stress here is whether the recording is authentic. Only technical experts can determine the same. Such expertise is within the purview of the MACC and the police.
“The implications of the recording if proven to be true, is a serious matter.
“The offering or receiving of positions is a form of corruption. It amounts to gratification, which comes within the MACC Act 2009,” he said.
The DAP national legal bureau chairman was speaking to the press outside the MACC office in Jalan Cochrane, Kuala Lumpur, where DAP youth had gone to lodge a report on the matter.
Ramkarpal, who is also Bukit Gelugor MP, urged the MACC chief Azam Baki to immediately start investigations.
He said the people have a right to know if the recording, leaked over the weekend, is authentic and if so, whether MPs in Barisan Nasional were enticed into joining Muhyiddin’s Perikatan Nasional (PN), which led to the fall of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
Ramkarpal said a police report on the matter will also be lodged at Dang Wangi police station today.
“MACC and the police have the responsibility to carry out investigations.
“Once the investigations are over, the report will be submitted to the attorney-general. He will then check the reports and make a decision.
“It’s now up to the MACC and police.”
“Anything less would be a severe dereliction of duty on their part,” he said.
The leaked audio recording was released on social media and supposedly of Muhyiddin speaking at a Bersatu supreme council meeting on February 23.
A voice resembling the party president’s is heard talking about ways to lure support from Umno leaders to join Bersatu in forming a new government.
The voice is heard saying Umno MPs could be enticed with posts in government-linked companies.
“If they know a new government is going to be formed with Umno, why not tell them to join us now rather than later? I think if we do that…10, 20 people…Najib and his gang…and we give them positions…if not ministers, then chairmen of GLCs.
“They might not want to be left out. Rather than…becoming the opposition, they (would) want to be part of the government.”
Muhyiddin went on to encourage his party men to persuade Umno lawmakers to jump ship, saying Bersatu will be the largest Malay party in the new administration if they succeeded.
Other audio clips of excerpts of the Bersatu supreme council meeting on February 23 have also been leaked in recent weeks, some purportedly to show that Dr Mahathir had agreed that Bersatu should leave PH, which he has denied.