MACC grills exco over alleged plot to topple Perak MB

Tebing Tinggi assemblyman Abdul Aziz Bari spent about two hours at the MACC office in Ipoh, Perak. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: Tebing Tinggi assemblyman Abdul Aziz Bari has confirmed that he has given his statement to the Perak branch of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today in a probe over an alleged attempt to topple Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

Abdul Aziz, who is the state education, technology, science, environment and information exco, was questioned by the Perak MACC for some two hours today, said his media officer, Shukrie Ibrahim.

MACC (operations) deputy chief commissioner Azam Baki, when contacted by Astro Awani today, said he was informed that the Perak MACC had opened an investigation paper and would investigate the matter.

“We have to record statements of witnesses and the investigating officer had called Abdul Aziz Bari to get an explanation from him,” said Azam.

Yesterday, Aziz denied he was behind the plot to topple the menteri besar through a no-confidence vote and described the allegations levelled against him by opposition leader Saarani Mohamad as a “cartoon story”.

Saarani had alleged that Aziz had met five Umno state assemblymen to ask for their support to unseat Faizal.

Today, outside the Perak state legislative assembly, Saarani said he was not concocting stories but had the statutory declarations from the five BN assemblymen who were approached by Aziz.