Graft Accusations Concerning Baru Bian’s Political Secretary

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PKR Youth coordinator Ahmad Syukri Che Ab Razab lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday, accusing the political secretary of a minister of abusing power.

Ahmad Syukri said the individual, who was described as a “senior” contesting for a position in the party’s central leadership council and a branch chief, committed the offence at a meeting believed to have taken place on Sept 1.

“During the meeting, the political secretary offered contracts for developing or repairing infrastructure worth RM20,000 to each local leader present.

“The individual also said he would receive an allocation of RM300,000 from another ministry that has to be spent by the end of this year, as well as contracts from a different ministry to be distributed to the local leaders,” he said.

Speaking to the press outside the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya after lodging the report, Ahmad Syukri said the information was contained in a file in a pen drive given to him by a complainant on Monday.

He also claimed that the offer was linked to the ongoing PKR polls.

He handed over the evidence in the form of a complaint report by the first complainant, pictures related to the meeting, voice recording files and several other attachments.

He voiced hope that MACC would conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.

In Kuala Lumpur, Works Minister Baru Bian called for an immediate and thorough investigation if the report against his political secretary had any basis.

He said the action was necessary because the image of his ministry was at stake.

“If there is truth to the report, I will in no way compromise on this. Action under the law must be taken,” he said in a statement.

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Baru said he had just returned from an official trip overseas when he was “confronted” by the report on the matter.

Meanwhile, incoming PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will meet with Baru to obtain an explanation regarding corruption accusations concerning the latter’s aide.

“We take very seriously any allegations of corrupt acts… I have seen the video clips of the meeting and of course, it is very disturbing.

“I will personally speak to Baru tomorrow (Sept 26) to seek some explanation from him. I certainly feel that a minister must take notice if these allegations are true.

“Because some of the report is quite compelling. We, as a reform party, must take a serious view of such transgressions,” he said during a press conference at PKR’s headquarters in Merchant Square on Tuesday (Sept 25).