Exco man says graft claim is political plot

Perak executive councillor Abdul Yunus Jamhari says a corruption allegation against him is a political plot. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A Perak state executive councillor has denied an allegation that he tried to solicit a commission from two companies involved in a bid for state land and said the allegation was an attempt to destroy his political career.

Abdul Yunus Jamhari said that the allegation had surfaced at a time when PKR was conducting its party elections. He claimed that it was because he was backing the party’s deputy president, Mohamed Azmin Ali.

“This malicious conspiracy is an attempt to topple me as an executive councillor and sabotage the Perak menteri besar’s leadership, especially in view of the swearing-in ceremony for the Perak executive council,” he said in a statement.

Yunus is the Public Facility, Infrastructure, Agriculture and Farming Committee chairman.

Earlier today, Malaysiakini reported that Yunus’s ex-aide, Beh Yong Kean lodged a police report against him.

Beh alleged that his former boss leaked minutes of a state government meeting to him so that he could initiate the negotiation process with the two companies.

According to the police report, Beh said that Yunus instructed him to ask for a commission from both companies for his support in the state government meeting.

Beh had also claimed that another former special officer had witnessed the exchange between him and Yunus.

However, Yunus went on to accuse Beh of trying to exact revenge for not approving a land application made a year ago and alleged the Beh was an owner of an illegal factory facing action by the authorities.

“However, I also believe that Beh is being used by certain quarters to tarnish my image and question my integrity as an Exco member,” he said, adding that he will be lodging a police report on the matter.

FMT has contacted Beh and is awaiting a response.