PUTRAJAYA: PKR today submitted “evidence” to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in relation to an allegation that lawyer Shafee Abdullah had received RM9.5 million from Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Its vice-president Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin and Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin called on the anti-graft agency to investigate the matter after lodging a report at the MACC headquarters here.
“The issue of the RM9.5 million payment is not a new one, but we have not seen any serious action being taken,” Shamsul said.
“We have proof and we have submitted it. According to procedure, we cannot reveal any further,” he said, adding that MACC officers had given an assurance that they would provide feedback on the matter in seven working days.
In June this year, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim had filed an originating summons against the government in a bid to quash his sodomy conviction on grounds that he was denied a fair trial and a just decision.
This was following a report by Sarawak Report earlier that month that Shafee, who had acted as ad-hoc prosecutor for the government in the Court of Appeal and Federal Court in the trial, had allegedly received the money in two tranches in 2013 and 2014 from a personal bank account of Najib.
Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail term after losing his appeal at the Federal Court on Feb 10, 2015, to set aside his conviction on a charge of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008.
On June 15, Anwar had filed an application at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for the court to compel Najib to produce bank accounts for three months from August 2013 and another three months from January 2014.
Shamsul said PKR wanted MACC to investigate the allegation although the court’s decision on the government’s application to dismiss Anwar’s originating summons was expected tomorrow.
“We ask that it be investigated even if the case is over (in court),” he said.
He said this was because there was an apparent contradiction between the government’s statement that Shafee was only paid a legal fee of RM1,000 for his service as prosecutor and the allegation that he had received RM9.5 million.