Probe Azmin’s alleged millions overseas, says MACC adviser

MACC honorary adviser Ramon Navaratnam says there is a need to get to the truth. (Bernama pic)

GEORGE TOWN: An adviser to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said they must probe the allegations that Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali had millions stashed in overseas accounts.

MACC honorary adviser Ramon Navaratnam said due to the seriousness of the allegations made by a blogger, MACC should initiate an investigation without waiting for a report to be lodged.

Azmin has denied the allegations by the “Toyol Selangor” blog, whose unnamed author claimed to be his aide when he was Selangor menteri besar. Azmin had said he was willing to be probed over such claims.

“When we are confronted with allegations, the onus is on the MACC to determine whether it is legitimate or just fake news.

“With such stunning allegations and banking information provided by the blogger, it would not be difficult for the MACC to collate the facts of the case.

“This is to be fair to all of us, including Azmin, as the truth must be told,” Ramon told FMT.

He said in view of such matters coming to light, false allegations against politicians and those holding public office could be avoided by requiring all those in government to declare their assets.

He said the government and its leaders, as custodians of public funds, must be transparent and accountable to the people at all times.

“Otherwise we will be led into a decline and corruption would remain in the system. We have already rejected this notion in the recent polls, so let us not see it return.”

A spokesman at Azmin’s office told FMT that the claims were false and was an attempt to tarnish the minister’s reputation.