Johor MB Refutes Graft Claim in Leaked MACC Document

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Opposition wants a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the case while Wong Shu Qi is accused of leaking government secrets.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin has denied allegations linking him to a land scandal in the state.

“My administration did not receive any bribe, will not take any bribe and will reject any attempt at bribery in whatever form,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama in his winding-up speech at the Johor state assembly.

Khaled used the last day of the state assembly meeting today to respond to allegations made by Senai assemblyman Wong Shu Qi last week.

“I believe the allegations were made with bad intention, to tarnish my good name and the state government’s leadership,” Khaled said.

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Last month, about 150 pages purporting to be Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)  investigation documents were posted anonymously on a local blog and contained details of alleged cash payments to Khaled for facilitating the sale of bumiputra land.

The MACC has lodged a police report calling for an investigation of the website.

Referring to a report on the unnamed website, Wong had claimed that Khaled received RM12 million, of which RM11.2 million was in cash, from developers to convert bumiputra lots to non-bumiputra lots.

She had questioned the authenticity of the information and documents uploaded online, implicating the menteri besar in the scandal.

Khaled said he had no knowledge or information about the existence of the documents, adding that he was in no way confirming their authenticity as only the MACC had the right to do that.

“Firstly, I would like to thank the MACC for its quick action that confirmed the documents that were leaked are secret. This means that Senai (Wong) has leaked government secrets.

“Secondly, the alleged statements from the documents were cherry-picked and the originals tampered with, which means the claims are not true, incorrect and far from what was originally stated,” he said.

Khaled added that he was on official trips overseas on the days he was alleged to have received the amounts as claimed in the documents.

He reminded Wong and other Opposition assemblymen that statements by an accused or witness should not be exposed until the case is brought to court.

He also said he would take legal action against those who spread slander and speculation following this incident.

A leaked document also purported to contain a statement from property consultant Amir Shariffuddin Abd Raub, whose lawyer has since denied that his client said the things contained within.

Hairul Anuar Rahim

Amir, 44, together with ex-Johor Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Abd Latif Bandi and the latter’s eldest son, were charged with a total of 21 counts of money laundering amounting to RM35.78 million in connection with a massive land scandal in Johor on June 15.

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On April 19, Abd Latif was charged with 33 counts of graft involving a total RM30 million for allegedly aiding the illegal conversion of bumiputra land to non-bumiputra status for disposal at higher prices.

Speaking to reporters later, Wong said Pakatan Harapan members were not satisfied with Khaled’s response to the issue.

She said the Opposition has proposed for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the case.