MalaysiaKini: 2 Perak PKR excos held in ACA dragnet
Posted by ella-mae on August 20, 2008
2 Perak PKR excos held in ACA dragnet
Aug 20, 08 12:52pm
Two Perak PKR state executive councillors and a former PKR state assemblyperson were among six people detained by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) yesterday and this morning.
Several of them were spotted at the Ipoh Sessions Court today with handcuffs. However, reporters at the scene could not ascertain their identities as their faces were covered.
It is learnt that five of them have been remanded for three days to facilitate investigations.
Perak Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is expected to issue a statement on the matter later today.
The incident is expected to send the Perak government into turmoil as the Pakatan Rakyat government only holds a slim two-seat majority over Barisan Nasional.
BN’s political game blamed
Commenting on the matter, Perak DAP chairperson and senior state exco member Ngeh Koo Ham said the arrest of the two Pakatan leaders was just a case of ‘victimisation’ by Barisan Nasional to undermine the state government.
“This is only an attempt to undermine Pakatan in Perak, and an attempt to send them to prison,” said Ngeh, when met at the Parliament lobby today.
Ngeh said that the two arrested exco members would not be suspended pending the ACA investigation, stressing that they are the victims in this matter.
“We have this great suspicion that they are being victimized. How could they be suspended?” he asserted.
He also raised his suspension on ‘swift action’ taken by ACA regarding cases involving Pakatan representatives.
“The most disappointing thing about this is, why is the ACA so swift in taking action against us while we have lodged so many reports about BN on their corrupt practice?” asked Ngeh.
Ngeh, who is also a member of parliament for Beruas, defended the Pakatan leaders, saying that they had been well reminded not to be involved in corruption before the state government was formed in the state.
“We want to declare that we have been emphasising on transparency and corrupt-free government before we formed the state government,” he added.
However, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz was unperturbed by Ngeh’s comments that it was a case of victimisation of the duo from the ruling coalition.
“What is new? They have been saying that all the time. Now we just have to wait for the ACA to complete their investigation without any interference,” said Nazri.
Makes one wonder if these two were set up to force by-elections. Afterall, Pakatan Rakyat holds a slim 2-seat majority in Perak. How disappointing that this had to happen at a very crucial time for Pakatan Rakyat.
Or maybe they got greedy! Too early to speculate.