‘More State Reps Will Blackmail Party If MACC Not Proactive’

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should take action against the three Umno assemblymen in Terengganu for quitting and returning to the party, Opposition lawmakers said.

Believing that the action of the trio was an abuse of power, Rasah Member of Parliament Teo Kok Seong said the anti-graft body needed to be more proactive.

MACC, he said, should not wait for a report to be lodged before conducting investigations.

keluar umno“If they don’t take any action, it will encourage more assemblymen to blackmail a political party, a tactic that needs to be halted,” he said at the Parliament lobby this morning.

Present was Kuala Terengganu Member of Parliament Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrain Shah.

Last month, days after he was replaced as the Menteri Besar in a controversial fashion, Datuk Seri Ahmad Said resigned from the party, along with Bukit Besi assemblyman Roslee Daud and Ajil state assemblyman Ghazali Taib, threatening a political quagmire in the state due to the Barisan Nasional’s slim win in the last general election.

The Umno trio — who initially wanted to remain as independent candidates — retracted their resignations 48 hours later.

Teo had earlier expressed disappointment with a reply by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low on whether MACC would take action against the three assemblymen.

Low, in a written reply on Thursday, said that the actions of the trio did not fall under the purview of the commission.

The former Transparency International (Malaysia) president, however, said that MACC would investigate the matter if a report was lodged and there were elements of corruption.

Meanwhile, Raja Kamarul Bahrin hinted that there could be money involved in the process, with many asking if the trio had received a reward to rejoin the party.