PETALING JAYA – The DAP today slammed Johor Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin for hiding behind the police following allegations of corruption.
Johor DAP chairman Liew Chin Tong said Khaled was going down the path of “MO1” who hides behind the police, MACC and other institutions instead of facing the people.
“Such is the pathetic story of JO1,” Liew, who is also the Kluang MP, said in a statement.
“MO1”, or Malaysian Official 1” was a term coined by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) in its probe into dealings linked to Malaysia’s state-owned 1MDB.
Liew also expressed solidarity with Yusof Al-Siddique Suratman, better known as blogger Milosuam, who was arrested on Dec 8 and remanded for three days in relation to the alleged corruption case involving Khaled.
Yusof is being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) and Section 203A of the Penal Code. Section 233 of the CMA criminalises the use of “network facilities” or “services” to transmit communication that is deemed offensive or causing annoyance. Section 203A of the Penal Code relates to “disclosure of information”.
He had apparently uploaded on his blog an article that contained a page from what appeared to be a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) witness statement.
The document was related to the graft investigation of former Johor executive councillor for housing and local government Abdul Latif Bandi.
Latif is being investigated under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009 as well as the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, in connection with the illegal conversion of Bumiputera land to non-Bumiputera status for disposal at higher prices.
Last April, Latif was charged with 33 counts of corruption involving bribes of RM30.3 million.
Khaled has denied receiving millions of ringgit in bribes as alleged in the leaked MACC document and had instead accused Senai state assemblywoman Wong Shu Qi of breaching secrecy laws when she brought up the matter during a speech in the state legislative assembly sitting on Nov 27. Wong had requested Khaled to reply to the graft allegation.
Liew slammed Khaled for issuing a warning to Wong at the sidelines of the recently concluded Umno General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur.
Wong had her statement recorded by the Johor police on Friday in relation to her speech at the state assembly.
Liew questioned the MACC for not conducting any investigations on Khaled ever since the scandal first broke in February this year.
“There also seems to be no intention on the part of MACC to investigate Khaled in the past two weeks since Wong asked her question on Nov 27.
“Instead, it was Yusof aka Milosuam who was arrested while Wong was questioned. Wong, in her capacity as state assemblyperson, speaking in the state assembly, should have never been called for questioning as such act by the police is an infringement on the rights of the state assembly.
“Is Khaled soon becoming Johor Officer 1 just like Malaysian Official 1 or MO1 – who is above the law and not subject to investigation, and has been “cleared” even without any investigation by authorities?
“The harassment against Yusof and Wong is just bullying tactics to conceal a real major crisis in Johor Umno. Anyone familiar with Malaysians politics would know that such a revelation implicating the menteri besar of Johor can only come from within Umno,” Liew said.