Wednesday, August 20, 2008

2 Perak PKR excos held in ACA dragnet - Malaysiakini

Aug 20, 08 12:52pm

Two Perak PKR state executive councillors and a former PKR state assemblyperson were among six people detained by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) yesterday and this morning.

Several of them were spotted at the Ipoh Sessions Court today with handcuffs, however reporters at the scene could not ascertain their identities as their faces were covered.

It is learnt that five of them have been remanded for three days to facilitate investigations, which involved alleged corruption involving a RM180 million housing project.

Perak Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is expected to issue a statement on the matter later today.

The incident will bound to send the Perak government into turmoil as the Pakatan Rakyat government only holds a slim two-seat majority over Barisan Nasional.

Commenting on the matter, Perak DAP chairperson and senior state exco member Ngeh Koo Ham said the arrest of the two Pakatan leaders was a case of 'victimisation' by Barisan Nasional to undermine the state government.

"This is only an attempt to undermine Pakatan in Perak, and an attempt to send them to prison," said Ngeh, when met at the Parliament lobby today.

BN's political game blamed

Ngeh said that the two arrested exco members would not be suspended pending the ACA investigation.

"We have this great suspicion that they are being victimised. How could they be suspended?" he asserted.

He also raised his suspicion on the 'swift action' taken by ACA regarding cases involving opposition politicians.

"The most disappointing thing about this is, why is the ACA so swift in taking action against us while we have lodged so many reports about BN politicians on their corrupt practices?" asked Ngeh.

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