PUTRAJAYA: Former finance minister Daim Zainuddin was a successful man even before becoming a member of the government some four decades ago, says his wife Naimah Khalid.
“It’s public knowledge that Daim was a very successful businessman prior to joining the government in 1984. He was already widely referred to in the media as a tycoon and multi-millionaire before taking public office 40 years ago.
“Now, a campaign of disinformation and misperception is being relentlessly held to give the depiction that he is corrupt just because he is very wealthy,” she told reporters before entering the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters here for questioning.
Naimah said such logic meant that every successful businessman in Malaysia would be subject to the same accusation.
“We know that at the end of the day, we will be vindicated,” she added.
Last month, MACC seized the 60-storey Ilham Tower, reportedly belonging to Daim and his family, under Section 38(1) of the MACC Act 2009 which deals with the seizure of immovable property.
MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki later revealed that the agency was probing Daim for alleged corruption and money laundering.
Daim has since denied any corrupt act or wrongdoing, labelling the probe as “nothing short of a political witch-hunt”.
Naimah today claimed that her husband was being “persecuted” for his success as a businessman, tarnishing his good name.
She also alleged that Anwar Ibrahim had a vendetta against her husband, saying the prime minister had accused Daim of possessing illegal riches without furnishing any evidence.
She said the office of the prime minister should never be used to damage the reputation of individuals through insinuations or thinly veiled accusations of wrongdoing to settle old political scores.
“We know Anwar might not like Daim, but surely he should respect the principle of innocence unless guilt is proven in a court of law.
“Today it is my family, tomorrow who knows who will be victimised,” she said.
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