Has any other sultan been offered bribes, Amanah asks

salahuddin-ayubPETALING JAYA: Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub wants the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to reveal whether there has been any other case of individuals bribing rulers for honorific titles.

This query comes in the wake of reports linking a man to an attempt to bribe Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor with RM2 million for a title.

According to national news agency Bernama, the man has since surrendered to the MACC.

Speaking to FMT today, Salahuddin said although congratulations were in order for the MACC, the numerous arrests of those bearing “Datuk” titles begged the question of whether these individuals had bribed individuals for their titles.

“All over the news nowadays, we read that there have been Datuks who have been arrested for being involved in some serious crimes.

“So I’d just like to know if the recent revelation that a man had attempted to bribe the Johor sultan may shed some light on how they got their datukships in the first place,” he said.

In a statement shared earlier, Salahuddin noted that the individual who had attempted to bribe the Johor sultan for a “Tan Sri” title had given himself up after MACC told the suspect that he had 48 hours to surrender.

“Again, I congratulate MACC for their stern and quick action in handling the matter to ensure that integrity is enforced and the Malay rulers’ institution in this country is protected.

“Forgive me for asking this, but would the MACC chief commissioner please reveal whether there have been any similar complaints of any individuals or parties who have attempted to bribe other rulers to get titles?”

Man who allegedly tried to bribe Johor Sultan surrenders