JOHOR BARU – The arrest of six people, including the son of a Johor executive councillor and his special officer, over land corruption is not politically-motivated, said Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.
He said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission was doing its job when it detained the six to assist in the investigations and all parties should allow the investigations to be carried out independently.
“To me it is simple, if you don’t want to be caught then refrain from practices which could lead to corruption,’’ Shahrir told reporters at the launching of an integrated education project here on Saturday.
He added that the MACC would only investigate based on solid evidence and not merely on reports or allegations.
The remand order for four of the six suspects have been extended to March 9.
The scam involved millions of ringgit in which bumiputra land lots were converted into non-bumiputra lots, which can fetch much higher prices.
A total of 45 bank accounts with RM15.5mil belonging to the suspects had been frozen.
On another matter, Shahrir said changes made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on certain policies implemented by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad were meant to suit changes in global politics and economics.
“The basic policies are still being implemented by him (Najib) but we have to continuously review them for the benefit of the country,’’ he said.