Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has lauded the arrest of Johor exco Abd Latif Bandi for alleged graft, but urged the authorities to go after the “godfather” who may be involved.
In particular, Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said Johor Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin should take responsibility as this had taken place under his administration.
He said the Johor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) commissioner and director should be laudedfor showing a high level of commitment to haul the exco to justice.
“However, the people particularly in Johor are now asking how the state exco could have been so brave to indulge in corruption over land, without the blessings and permission of the ‘godfather’.
“The administration of Khaled must take full responsibility for this issue of land corruption, because the menteri besar chairs the natural resources, administration, finance and planning portfolio in the Johor cabinet,” he added.
Yesterday, MACC arrested Abd Latif, who was exco for housing and local government, under Section 17 of the MACC Act and Section 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.
Salahuddin said the people are looking to the MACC to be firm and continue “hunting… although they (the alleged wrongdoers) could be clinging at the fence of the palace in search of sympathy”.
“The people also appreciate His Highness Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar for his consent to the MACC to combat corruption in the state administration,” he said.
Last Friday, Sultan Ibrahim summoned a top MACC officer for an audience, amid a probe into a land and housing matter in the state.
Yesterday, Khaled told reporters that he would leave the matter to the MACC to investigate.