Why no action against deputy minister over support letter, Guan Eng asks MACC

Lim Guan Eng says Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz’s withdrawal of his support letter for his son is ‘clearly too late’.

PETALING JAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to explain why no action was taken against Deputy Defence Minister Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz for recommending his son as a member of Pharmaniaga Bhd’s board of directors.

Lim claimed that in Ikmal’s letter addressed to Senior Minister for Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob dated June 5, Ismail minuted to the chairman of the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) agreeing to Ikmal’s recommendation to appoint his son as a Pharmaniaga director.

Pharmaniaga, Malaysia’s largest pharmaceutical company, is owned by LTAT directly and through its subsidiary Boustead Holdings.

“Ikmal recommending his own son as a member of Pharmaniaga’s board of directors is a perfect toxic cocktail of abuse of power, corruption and nepotism emerging in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government,” Lim told a press conference.

“Recommending his own son, which was agreed to by Ismail, is a clear violation of one of the MACC’s offences of soliciting or requesting for corruption.

“And the act of soliciting for corruption was considered completed when Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri agreed to Ikmal’s recommendation to appoint Ikmal’s son.

“This is an abuse of power, nepotism and corruption all rolled into one – misusing public office for private benefit.”

Copies of the letter have been widely circulated on social media, prompting criticism. Ikmal said last month he regretted writing the recommendation letter and had written another one to Ismail Sabri withdrawing his proposal.

However, Lim said it was “clearly too late” for Ikmal to disclaim responsibility because he had “already committed the act of soliciting for a benefit on behalf of his son by abusing his position as deputy defence minister”.