Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the slew of corruption cases being investigated against Umno leaders is not because they are from the party but to investigate the crimes they had committed.
He said there were “thousands” of corruption cases which occurred during former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration.
“We have thousands of cases from during Najib’s administration. We cannot resolve 1,000 cases in one day, so we are focusing only on the major ones. Most of the major ones involve Umno.
“This is why we are taking action against these people. Not because they are from Umno, but because they committed crimes,” he told a press conference after chairing the 5th Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption meeting at Perdana Putra on Wednesday.
The prime minister was responding to claims that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission was deliberately targeting Umno and not those in other Barisan Nasional component parties over corruption allegations.
Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi, in making the allegation, was quoted as saying that it was part of Dr Mahathir’s “game plan to destroy Umno.”