MACC told to explain where MP’s denial of RM10m offer came from

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has to clarify its statement on Sekijang MP Natrah Ismail denying that she was offered RM10 million to switch parties, and also on why it was so quick to issue the denial, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said.

Speaking at a press conference after the launch of the party’s “Community Alert” campaign this morning, Saifuddin questioned where the denial came from, claiming that Natrah did not speak of any figures during her meeting with MACC yesterday.

“MACC was quick to issue a statement about her denial of an allegation that she was offered RM10 million, even before conducting an investigation.

“Since the very beginning, Natrah had never said anything about RM10 million. My question is, where did MACC pluck this information from?” he said.

Saifuddin added that he would write to MACC chief Azam Baki later this week and request for a meeting to discuss the matter further.

He also said that he has evidence on alleged attempts to buy over opposition MPs by the Perikatan Nasional government.

“If he is willing to cooperate, I will deliver several pieces of evidence that shows how attempts to bribe MPs are ongoing,” Saifuddin told reporters.

Asked how many PKR MPs have been approached or how much they had been offered to jump ship, Saifuddin said the party would wait for MACC’s response first.

However, he added, should MACC decline to extend cooperation in the matter, they would find another way.

“We have all the information in our notes. Now we want to see MACC’s response first. If there is none, then we will do this through another appropriate action,” he said.

Natrah previously lodged a report with MACC against two individuals, including one “Datuk Seri,” who had asked her to support Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in return for “benefits”.

MACC then issued a statement last night saying Natrah had “confirmed there was no offer of a RM10 million bribe as alleged in the Facebook account under the name Ops Johor”, adding that it would continue to investigate the issue with several witnesses.

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