Party leaders say the inquiry should be telecast live and include investigations into Najib and Muhyiddin as well.
KUALA LUMPUR: PKR has rejected a new allegation against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim that he instructed former Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) director of investigations Abdul Razak Idris to clear him of suspicions that he had stashed RM3 billion in various accounts.
The party’s secretary-general, Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, suggested that the government form a royal commission to investigate recent allegations of corruption against Anwar and that its proceedings be telecast live.
The latest attack on Anwar came today on the front page of the Umno-friendly New Straits Times. The report quoted Abdul Razak as saying that Anwar, when he was deputy prime minister, instructed him to make a statutory declaration (SD) to be used in a defamation suit.
“Not having enough evidence to charge a person does not mean that the person being investigated is innocent,” NST quoted Abdul Razak as saying. “It can also mean that it is pointless to file charges as they will not stick in court.”
Saifuddin and two other PKR leaders, speaking to FMT, vehemently rejected the allegation as another “malicious” attempt to discredit their de facto leader.
PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said the authorities should investigate “all the allegations”, including what he described as a “U-turn” by Abdul Razak.
“I do not want to speculate,” Azmin said. “Anwar has said that he would give full cooperation if there is new evidence. He is prepared to be transparent. We have also said we want the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister to be subjected to the same exercise.”
Azmin said the best way to clear everything up would be to make public all documents, especially those tendered in court by Anwar during a suit against NST some years ago.
“Make them public. I think then that that would be sufficient to show what happened,” the Gombak MP said.
‘Show more proof’
She said she expected Umno and BN to continue with such attacks until the next election.
“There is no limit to their ability to spin and re-cycle old, vile and malicious allegations,” she said.
“They have done worse before… (with) allegations aimed at tarnishing our entire family, and I am not surprised.”
Nurul is Anwar’s eldest child.
When a reporter pointed out that Abdul Razak was said to be a credible person, Nurul said the authorities should perhaps investigate him.
“Of course he is credible; it was an SD that he made,” she said. “What has happened to Malaysia, where SDs have no credibility? I hope they don’t use this avenue to single out Anwar.
“These attacks come even after Anwar has stated that he is ready for his accounts to be investigated. But no (such) attempt has been made.”
Saifuddin dismissed NST’s report as “another malicious attempt to dig up old cases and make slanderous claims”.
“They have repeatedly failed miserably to destroy Anwar’s political career,” he said. “I’m talking about Umno and BN and, by extension, NST being used as their tool.”
Saifuddin said Umno and BN, intending to plant doubt into people’s minds about Anwar’s credibility, had decided to manipulate the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the agency that has replaced the ACA.
“Our stand in PKR is clear,” Saifuddin said. “On the demand for investigations, Anwar is open to any of that. But he also said the inquiry must include investigations into Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, ex-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin.
“Open up, form an RCI, open up. We also propose that the RCI proceedings be telecast live. The onus is now on Najib.”
Saifuddin added that PKR had “fresh evidence against these individuals”. He would not disclose any of the alleged new evidence, saying, “I’ll leave it to Anwar to expose them.”
Azmin, when asked about the “fresh allegations”, smiled and said: “We’ll wait and see”.
In another NST report today, MACC confirmed that it had opened up investigations into Anwar’s alleged secret accounts. Quoting sources, the paper said the re-opening of the files was based on new evidence reportedly coming from Ummi Hafilda Ali, Azmin’s sister.
Controversy over the 13-year-old case erupted after Ummi mentioned the ACA probe into a statutory declaration that former Bank Negara Malaysia assistant governor Abdul Murad Khalid made on May 30, 1999.
In that SD, Murad claimed that Anwar had amassed some RM3 billion during his tenure as deputy prime minister and finance minister. He also alleged that Anwar’s cronies had set up “master accounts” from which financial contributions could be made for Anwar’s interests.
It was reported that Murad subsequently retracted the SD, but NST reported that ACA records showed otherwise.