Probe into Muhyiddin, Tajuddin classified as NFA but probe continues on Xavier

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The government says the probe into Muhyiddin Yassin for allegedly offering government-linked company (GLC) jobs in exchange for political support has been classified as “no further action” (NFA).

In a written parliamentary reply to Teo Nie Ching (PH- Kulai), law minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had completed its investigations against the former prime minister.

“MACC found that there was no element of wrongdoing under the MACC Act,” he said.

An unverified audio recording alleging that Muhyiddin wanted to entice Umno leaders to join Bersatu with promises of government positions made its rounds on social media two years ago.

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The recording was purportedly made at the Bersatu Supreme Council meeting on Feb 23, 2020, a day before Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned as prime minister and Bersatu chairman.

To another question from Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub (BN-Machang) on whether the government wanted to replace Azam Baki as MACC chief commissioner because of the controversy over his ownership of shares, Wan Junaidi said there was no need to prolong the issue.

“The SC (Securities Commission) had said that it could not ‘conclusively establish’ if Azam had breached the Securities Industry (Central Depositories) Act.

“He has also filed civil action against a person who allegedly defamed him in the issue and this case is now before the courts,” he said, referring to Azam’s defamation suit against journalist Lalitha Kunaratnam.

The MACC investigation against Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman for alleged abuse of power has also been classified as NFA.

However, the anti-graft agency’s probe against Kuala Langat MP Dr Xavier Jayakumar for alleged corruption is ongoing.

Wan Junaidi said the MACC had found no elements of wrongdoing against Tajuddin, the former chairman of Prasarana, under the MACC Act.

Tajuddin was arrested by MACC on May 28, 2021, but was subsequently released on bail.

A news report had said authorities arrested him to assist in investigations linked to the appointment of his son-in-law to Prasarana.

Tajuddin was removed as its chairman in May 2021, after he was criticised for his handling of a press conference held to address the LRT train accident, which left 213 injured with 60 of them being hospitalised.

The probe against Xavier started in February last year after MACC arrested his associate, MA Tinagaran.

Xavier, who was a former water, land and natural resources minister, quit PKR in 2021 and announced his support for the government led by Muhyiddin Yassin then.