DAP MP Lim Kit Siang questioned today the silence from Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Attorney General’s Chambers over minister Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali’s breach of Covid-19 standard operating procedures.
The Iskandar Puteri MP said Muhyiddin should explain whether the plantation industries and commodities minister is being put on leave pending the outcome of the police investigation, following conflicting reports over the matter.
“It is a most strange and extraordinary way to celebrate Malaysia Day and to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Rukun Negara that the prime minister kept his silence on the issue of whether his minister is on leave pending police investigation or otherwise,” Lim said in a statement.
An aide to Khairuddin has denied today that the minister has been put on leave.
Malaysiakini reported the aide, Muhammad Faudzi Jalil, as saying that it is business as usual for the minister.
“No. The police have yet to say anything. He just got back from visiting a factory at Bukit Ibam in Muadzam Shah.
“He is working like usual,” the aide was quoted saying, referring to Khairuddin.
Khairuddin’s Facebook also showed that he attended numerous events over the past week and even received a delegation at his office.
This is despite an anonymous source, said to be highly placed, telling Malaysiakini that Khairuddin has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Lim also questioned why the authorities were taking a long time with investigations, suggesting this was due to the AGC being placed under a PAS minister, de facto law minister Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
It was reported that Federal CID deputy director Mior Faridalathrash Wahid yesterday said the Attorney-General’s chambers has yet to revert to the police regarding its investigation papers.