G18 (Harapan Baru) wants thorough probe into alleged Mara corruption scandal
PAS’ Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (centre) holding a copy of the police report outside the Dang Wangi police station after lodging a report over the alleged Mara graft scandal. – TRP pic by Arfa Yunus
G18, a group comprising PAS progressives, urged police to conduct a thorough investigation into the Mara scandal, regardless of the status of the individuals involved.
The group’s secretary Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said, the expose by Australian daily, The Age on the property scam linked to the government-linked agency, was the reason why the group decided to lodge a police report today.
“We urge the police to conduct an immediate investigation into this because it involves prominent people in the government such as a high ranking officer in Mara and a politician from Umno,” he said, when met by reporters outside Dang Wangi police station here today.
The Age had, two days ago, carried an exposé on a property purchased by Mara in Melbourne.
The report titled “Corrupt Malaysia money distorts Melbourne market” claimed the purchase of The Dudley House, a property in Melbourne, was supposed to be sold at RM51.5 million.
However, the report said, it was bought at a cost of RM65.4 million, which was an additional sum of RM13.8 million.
Shah Alam lawmaker Khalid Samad, who was also present, said the “habit” of government officials “spending the public’s money at leisure” needed to stop immediately.
“This is a breach of trust. RM13.8 million is a lot. Is this the kind of behaviour that should be shown by government officials?
“It was because of The Age‘s report that we have come to know of this story. What about other cases that we don’t know about?
“This is where G18 steps in. We bring hope to the people and make sure their voices are hear. (We are the Harapan Baru)”