The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was today urged to act against Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam who has been found guilty of election offences by the Umno disciplinary board and barred from contesting in the party election next week.
While debating of the Supplementary Supply (2008) Bill 2009 in the Dewan Rakyat today, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) said the involvement in money politics is a form of corruption and that it cannot be settled at party level.
“It is an offence against the state and nothing should stop MACC from coming in because all complaints were made by Umno members, he said.
“If one is not allowed to stand in the party election, how can he still be the chief minister of a state?” he asked.
“MACC has said that it wants to be like the Independent Commission against Corruption of Hongkong but would it be authoritative and effective enough to arrest someone who is involved in corruption in Umno party elections?” he asked.
At this juncture, Datuk Wira Ahmad Hamzah (BN-Jasin), stood up to Umno’s defence and challenged Lim.
“You (Lim) have accused the Malacca chief minister of corruption. If you do not understand a thing, you do not talk about it as this has nothing to do with DAP.
“I can also talk about DAP Malacca if I want to… Don’t talk about Umno,” said Ahmad who raised a point of order under Standing Order 36(12) citing Lim as having misled the House by accusing someone who was not in the House and to defend himself.
However, the point of order was rejected by Deputy Speaker Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar as it did not relate to what Lim had spoken.
Lim then said that as it was a fact that Mohd Ali had been barred from contesting in the party election, he should step down as chief minister.
Mohd Nor Othman (BN-Hulu Terengganu) however interjected, and argued that one is only guilty when a court of law has found him guilty.
Mohd Nor explained that a complaint can be lodged to the disciplinary board even on a meeting with the delegates and it does not necessary to be bribery and blamed Lim for not knowing the rules in Umno.
Lim, agreed but insisted that since the Umno disciplinary board has barred Mohd Ali, he should be investigated by the MACC and should resign from his post as the chief minister.
Lim said this is a test case for the MACC to see if it is able to clean its name after it was changed from the old Anti-Corruption Agency.
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