KUALA LUMPUR, 24 June 2009: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) conducted three investigations into Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam’s alleged involvement in money politics.
“The MACC conducted two investigations into certain parties that were allegedly involved in the giving of bribes for the purpose of nominating Ali Rustam as Umno deputy president,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.
He said these bribes were alleged to have been given out at the Rendang Umno division meeting on 8 Nov 2008.
Nazri said this is a written answer to a question by Padang Serai Member of Parliament (MP) N Gobalakrishnan. The PKR MP had asked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to state the status of the corruption investigations involving the former Umno vice-president.
“Both cases have been resolved, and investigation papers have been submitted to MACC’s legal and prosecution division,” Nazri said.
He said another investigation was carried out into allegations of bribes to the Rendang Umno chief and delegates to support and vote for Ali Rustam in the Umno polls on 26 March.
“This investigation concluded ‘No Further Action’, and was closed on 25 May,” Nazri said.
Ali Rustam was nominated to run for the Umno deputy president’s post but he was disqualified by the Umno disciplinary board which found him guilty of money politics.
Three of Ali Rustam’s agents, all from the Bukit Katil Umno division of which he is chief, were also found guilty of money politics.
Soon they will find him not guilty of corruption and the Umno supreme council will issue a public apology and all is forgotten.
MACC to investigate Ali Rustam? You must be joking. MACC is like a component party of Umno.They are most efficient when it comes to opposition parties.
MACC has already lost the trust of most Malaysians. Ask around about MACC, very sure that at least 80% will think so.
Nicholas Aw says
Ali Rustam is one of the strongest and most influential Umno big guns. This has to be as he is still the Chief Minister of Malacca where others like Mohd Isa have been removed from his ministerial position and even suspended from holding posts in Umno.
There have been many allegations against him and he has been given many nicknames such as ‘10% Chief Minister’ because of his alleged demand for a 10% commission before a major contract is given out.
It is possible that there may be some truth is this allegation as the proverb goes: “There is no smoke without fire”. What comes next? The MACC duly carry out investigations and the result is: “Lack of evidence”. So the file is closed.
After a while, the rakyat become disillusioned and will not make any kind of report whatsoever as the result is a foregone conclusion. The final statement from the authorities is a definite: “No further action. Case closed”.
Tshiung Han See says
The problem is this: why did the government not reveal that investigations were taking place until it was politically expedient to do so?
Also, what about the findings? The fact that investigations took place says nothing of their quality. He is a public figure, after all.
And, three investigations? So free, ah?