KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should just take action against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for tarnishing the reputation of the organisation, said an Umno supreme council leader.
Pasir Salak Member of Parliament Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said if the MACC believes Lim was at fault for refusing to apologise over his remark about the commission carrying out an “illegal detention”, then they should just take action against the DAP secretary-general.
“If it is between two individuals then it can be defamation but in this case it’s an individual against an organisation that has its credibility to maintain.
“If its credibility is compromised then MACC has every right to take action against Lim,” he said when asked to comment on the possible action by MACC against Lim following Lim’s refusal to apologise for his allegation that Penang exco member Phee Boon Poh had been illegally detained.
He also expressed support for the MACC to take Lim to task should Lim be at fault.
The lawmaker also questioned the delay in Lim’s court case as he is being investigated for corruption.
“I wonder when the hearing will begin? I hope the court expedites his hearing like in the cases of other hearings.
“Why is it so slow when it comes to Lim? His supporters think he is innocent and is free from corruption.
“So we’ll let the court decide especially when the general election is near so we need something conclusive whether he is guilty or innocent,” said Tajuddin after a working visit to Agrobank here, today.
Previously, MACC issued a statement saying that action will be taken against Lim after he refused to apologise after being given 48 hours to do so.
The commission had also said that it will submit its decision to the Attorney-General for further action saying that while it respected the right of anyone to criticise the commission, it will not tolerate those who make defamatory statements against it.
On Aug 11, Phee was arrested with two other men, in an investigation over an illegal carbon filter processing factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu in Bukit Mertajam.
Meanwhile, when asked to comment on Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua’s remark that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was imposed to pay off Umno’s debts, Tajuddin rubbished the claim as slander, adding that Umno has not taken a single sen.
“We collected RM42 billion.. can you imagine who pockets that money? Is it Najib? Is it the ministers?
“It’s the rakyat who are the beneficiaries from the collection through development projects, paying the salaries of civil servants, building roads, schools and hospitals.
“If it’s true he really did say that, I will get Umno to sue him,” said Tajuddin. – MO