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PR assemblypersons claim cash offered to hop

IPOH, 25 Feb 2009: Two Pakatan Rakyat assemblypersons today lodged reports with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) claiming they were offered cash to declare themselves independent or join the Barisan Nasional (BN).

DAP’s Keshvinder Singh (Malim Nawar) said he was offered RM20 million while Abdul Yunus Jamsari of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) (Kuala Kurau) said the amount offered to him was between RM3 million and RM8 million.

Speaking to reporters outside the MACC office here, Keshvinder said the offer was made by several agents who claimed they represented Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who is also Perak Umno liaison chairperson.

One of them was a local Chinese newspaper journalist, Keshvinder said.

He said that other offers were that if he were to join MIC, he would be appointed Perak MIC chairperson and state executive councillor (exco).

The offer to serve as state exco came after BN took over the state government, he said.

“I ask Datuk Seri Najib to come forward with a statement relating to this matter because this action obviously shows that this country’s government is too corrupt and very desperate,” he said.

Meanwhile, Yunus said that besides cash, he was also offered a logging concession he if were to leave PKR.

The offers were made by several business people who claimed they represented the Perak government, he said.

Accompanying the duo at the MACC office were seven other PR assemblypersons. They were Ramli Tusin (Semanggol), A Sivasubramaniam (Buntong), Chan Ming Kai (Simpang Pulai), Chang Lih Kang (Teja), Sum Cheok Leng (Bercham), Leong Mee Meng (Jalong) and Khalil Idham Lim Abdullah (Titi Serong). — Bernama

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