PUTRAJAYA: Umno will leave it to the authorities to act against any members or leaders allegedly involved in money politics, party deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.
“It is in the hands of the law. Let the law take its own course,” he said when commenting on the arrest of 12 Umno members on the charge of money politics by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday.
The 12 members were believed to be working for a politician vying for a seat in the supreme council.
They were being investigated by the MACC for allegedly distributing between RM300 and RM500 to members picked as delegates to the general assembly in March.
Although Umno had its own mechanism to deal with corrupt members, Najib stressed that “the law of the country is the law of the country”.
Asked why the party’s disciplinary board had not handed over even one of the 900 reports it received on money politics to MACC, Najib replied that some of the cases had actually been referred to the investigating authority.
“Some probes were conducted by the board, others were undertaken by MACC. After all, both sides are working towards a common purpose,” he said after chairing the Anti-Drug Action Council meeting at the Implementation and Coordination Unit in the Prime Minister’s Department.
A board member had said the board had yet to hand over the cases to MACC as it had to be thorough in its probe into all the allegations.
Last month, board chairman Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail had issued a six-page document to the media containing the dates of meetings of the investigation panel, tribunal and appeals panel.
He had said the documentary evidence was proof that the board had not delayed investigations.
He had also said the investigation panel met 39 times to look into cases involving 39 divisions while the tribunal met 10 times to hear cases involving 25 divisions.
Source : New STrait Times