MACC Report on Leaked Audio Given to A-G

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Anti-graft authorities have completed a report on a leaked audio recording purportedly of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin talking about enticing MPs to form government by rewarding them with positions.

Speaking to reporters today, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Azam Baki said that the matter has been referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) and the graft busters were waiting for further instructions.

When asked if Muhyiddin would be called for questioning, Azam did not commit to this.

“It depends on the instructions from the attorney-general. We have conducted investigations.

“For this investigation, the first thing we have to look at is authenticity (of the recording).

“Secondly, if what was (allegedly) said an offence or not,” he said.

The audio clip leaked on May 30 had a voice sounding like Muhyiddin’s addressing a meeting of the Bersatu supreme council on February 23, just before the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government.

The voice was heard stating enticing Umno MPs to switch camps would weaken Umno.

“If they know a new government is being formed, with Umno in, ‘Why don’t you (Umno MPs) join in now, why don’t you join us now, rather than you join later?’

“I think if we did that, a majority will leave Umno (with just) 10-20 (MPs), with just (former PM) Najib (Abdul Razak) and his people (left behind).

“Especially if there are positions. If not a minister, then chairperson of a GLC,” said the voice.

Muhyiddin has yet to refute the authenticity of this audio recording.

On Tuesday, the prime minister was asked by Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh to state in the Dewan Rakyat whether it was him in the audio clip.

Muhyiddin was not in the chamber at the time.

Ramkarpal, who attempted to play the clip but was stopped by the Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Azalina Othman Said, instead read out a transcript.

Azam also said the MACC is still investigating land swap deals involving the defence ministry and private companies.

Without going into details, he said some cases were found to have no criminal elements, while there were some where the land swaps did not even happen.

“Investigations have been done, but there are some that haven’t been completed. For now, I can’t announce a decision on the cases.

“Our officers are calling a few more witnesses because we’ve opened a few investigation papers,” he said.

Last year, former defence minister Mohamad Sabu claimed that the deals had caused RM500 million in losses to the government and involved private companies building army barracks in return for prime land owned by the defence ministry.

The defence ministry had also lodged numerous reports with the MACC last year over the land swap deals.