PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today questioned the need for them to submit a list of their election candidates to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for vetting.
She said PH had its own internal vetting system, and if need be, they would submit the list to MACC.
“Why do they need to vet? We will do our own vetting.
“If need be (we will send). But at the moment, I’m just saying, who is MACC?”
Wan Azizah, who is also the opposition leader, was asked to comment on MACC’s invitation to parties to submit the names of prospective 14th General Election candidates to be vetted.
Wan Azizah went on to say that they needed to be wary of the move.
“You must remember MACC, from history, when it comes to the opposition, they are quick to take action. You will find selective persecution.
“So we have to be a bit wary, is this just a political ploy?” she asked.
MACC’s chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad was reported by Bernama to have said although there was no law or compulsion for the parties to do so, vetting could be done to ensure that candidates were “clean” and not tainted by corruption and abuse of power.
He said Barisan Nasional parties were the only ones to have submitted names of leaders and would-be candidates to be vetted in the past, and that opposition parties had never done so.