Gerakan Youth: Wrong to arrest anyone based on ‘unusual wealth’

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PETALING JAYA: It is unreasonable to arrest someone solely because of his “unusual” wealth, Gerakan’s Andy Yong said following the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) arrest of Ampang PKR Youth chief Adam Rosly.

“It will be unjustifiable if a person is arrested merely because he lives in a luxurious house or drives big cars or wears expensive watches.

“If this is the case, many politicians out there can be investigated or arrested,” the Gerakan Youth deputy chief said in a statement today.

Adam’s alleged wealth entered the limelight after Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunos alleged that he owned a bungalow and a number of luxury cars.

Yesterday, MACC arrested Adam to assist in an investigation into his “unusual” wealth.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki said Adam was being investigated under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

However, Yong said there was no provision in these acts for a person to be arrested due to “unusual” wealth.

“I am not questioning the integrity or professionalism of MACC, but they should inform exactly what are the related wrongful engagement or gratification or unlawful activities under the laws committed by Adam.

“Otherwise by arresting Adam simply due to his ‘unusual’ wealth, it would give a wrong perception to the public,” he said.