MACC Urged To Probe What Made Them Jump Ship

KOTA KINABALU: Incumbent Warisan Plus assemblymen said the recent mass defections of their former colleagues to the opposition is reason enough to warrant an investigation.

DAP’s Elopura representative Calvin Chong Ket Kiun believes the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should talk to these assemblymen who had jumped ship after earlier claiming they were approached by people with offers of rewards in order to get them to switch sides.

Chong, who was one of those who made such claims and lodged a police report about it, said not filing an official complaint with the MACC was not the issue.

“The issue is that on Wednesday, it was already revealed who are these assemblymen who had defected,” he said.

“These are the people who should be probed to see if they gained anything.

“Some of them claimed they were offered (money and positions) and that they had turned this down but we have recently seen them gathered with opposition members.

“I was not interested in the offer and I did not even know how much was offered so there was no need to a lodge a report with the MACC but there’s no problem even if they want to come and see me.”

Chong was commenting on a statement issued by the MACC yesterday claiming it had contacted assemblymen allegedly approached by political agents but that they did not wish to make formal complaints.

He said he had lodged a police report over the alleged visits as he was concerned for the safety of his family and his own.

Besides Chong, Warisan’s Jenifer Lasimbang and her sister Jannie, of DAP, had also lodged police reports after allegedly receiving similar visits by the agents.

Meanwhile, Lasimbang said her police report, filed on July 23, was sufficient to warrant an investigation by the authorities as it involved elements of crime.

She said she had given information to the police on two men who tried to get her to cross the floor and requested them to get in touch with the MACC for the next course of action.

“Among the contents of my police report is that I had asked the police to investigate these people who made the offers, complete with witness accounts and other available proof.

“I also asked the police to liaise with the related agencies like MACC for further action. Cases such as this have criminal elements and is under the police’s jurisdiction,” she said.

Former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman had recently claimed he had secured simple majority support from 33 of the 65 assemblymen, to form a new government.

But Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal preempted his predecessor by dissolving the state assembly to pave the way for a snap election, effectively thwarting Musa’s effort to topple the Warisan-led government.