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PAS calls for ACA probe into BN MP’s claim

PASIR PUTEH, 17 Sept 2008: PAS today called for a probe by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) into a claim by a Barisan Nasional (BN) member of parliament that he was offered money and a government post as an inducement to defect to the opposition.

PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa said the ACA should conduct an investigation immediately into the claim by Datuk Hasan Malek, the Kuala Pilah MP and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, to enable the people to know the truth.

The media today quoted Hasan as saying he had been approached five or six times to join the opposition following the general election on March 8, the latest being last month after Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had won the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat in Penang in a by-election.

Husam, who is chairman of the Kelantan Economic Planning and Welfare Committee, drew a parallel to the time 15 years ago when Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat was questioned by the ACA when he revealed he was offered a bribe by certain quarters seeking a logging concession in the state.

He spoke to reporters after presenting two cheques totalling RM11,500 to two heart patients in Kampung Kubang Tembesu, Selising.

Referring to Sept 16 when Anwar was supposed to have formed a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) federal government, Husam said the date had passed and that the PR parties were in the final stage of preparing for a transition of power.

"We want the transition of power to take place in an organised manner without any problem," he said. – Bernama

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