PETALING JAYA: Anti-corruption officers were challenged today to conduct a raid on the Prime Minister’s Office for evidence, in similar manner to the raid on the office of Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng.
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said a team of 15 officers of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission conducted a four-hour search on Lim’s offices and took away boxes of documents in their investigation into his purchase of a bungalow in Penang for RM2.8 million, said to be below market price.
He said in a statement today that MACC and the police swung into immediate action after allegations of corruption arose over the sale of state land in Taman Manggis for RM11 million for a hospital-cum-hotel project.
There have been questions raised about the connection between the owner of the bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn, and her business partner, who has a majority holding in the company who bid for the Taman Manggis land.
He said that if the MACC had shown similar alacrity in investigating allegations surrounding the Prime Minister, Najib Razak, “the MACC should be sending hundreds of officers to swarm and besiege the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya” and subject those involved to round-the-clock interrogation.
“Would MACC dare to interrogate the Prime Minister on round-the-clock 12-hour sessions?” he said.
However it appeared that all efforts were being made to sweep the allegations against Najib under the carpet.
The Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, Pandikar Amin Mulia, had imposed a gag on all MPs from raising matters related to a deposit of RM2.6 billion in Najib’s bank accounts on the basis that the matter was sub judice as it was now the subject of a court case against Najib.
He also referred to news reports about overseas investigations into financial transactions linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd, and to allegations in the Wall Street Journal that money from 1MDB had been used to finance the Hollywood movie Wolf of Wall Street, in which Najib’s stepson is listed as a co-producer.