ISKANDAR PUTERI – The Menteri Besar of Johor Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin denied allegations of him being involved in corruption of a Johor land scandal as mentioned in a blog recently.
The blog post had carried the allegation by way of an investigation paper of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency on a corruption case and property scandal involving a former state executive councillor, Datuk Abd. Latif Bandi.
The documents in the blog post also include a money transaction schedule which was allegedly given to Mohamed Khaled.
“My administration has not received any bribe, will not receive any bribe and will resist any attempt to give any form of bribe,” he said at the winding up of debate at the Johor state legislative assembly here.
Mohamed Khaled said he believed that the allegations had been made mala fide (in bad faith) to embarrass him in his personal capacity and as the leader of the state government.
“When Senai (Senai State Assembly Member Wong Shu Qi) raised the issue in the assembly, I wanted to clarify that I never knew about the existence of the document which contained the statements of the witness.
“I also have no way to confirm on its authenticity. Only the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) can confirm that,” he said while rounding up the fifth session of the 13th Johor State Assembly.
“Therefore, I’m very thankful for the MACC’s swift response in stating that; first, the document is a leaked classified document, thus, by citing the content of the document, Senai had leaked a government’s official classified secret in this assembly.
“Secondly, it was picked, cited, and amended from the original document, which means that the content was not real, accurate and it deviates from the original content,” he said in reply to the allegations that he received an amount of money from the developers to change the status of Bumiputera Lots to non-Bumitera Lots where Wong brought up during the recent state assembly.
Earlier, a blog published several documents which it claimed to be the statements from a witness in the land scandal involving former Johor Housing and Local Government Exco Datuk Abd Latif Bandi conducted by the MACC.
According to the document, the witness admitted to be the middle-man in managing the applications of several developers to gain the support of Mohamed Khaled so that Abd Latif can approve the change of the status of the land with an amount of commission.
The witness also claimed that he had given the money in cash to Mohamad Khaled and also several cheques at different dates at the UMNO State Liaison Office.
Nevertheless, according to Mohamed Khaled, he was not in the office during those dates as he was overseas or attending events at other places.
Therefore, he would leave it to the authorities to take legal actions against Wong for leaking government’s classified documents at the Johor State Assembly.
“The statements of the accused and witnesses in any MACC or criminal proceedings are classified and secret. We cannot disclose its contents until the case is being resolved at the court.
“Therefore, when the classified documents are leaked and shared with the public irresponsibly through non-credible websites, they are not good reference and should be referred to the laws.
“By disclosing it in the Assembly, Senai could be facing the legal consequences,” he said.
According to Mohamed Khaled, he will also not hesitate to take legal actions if there is any quarter who slanders or make baseless speculations against him. -MalaysiaGazette
Earlier in April, former Johor Exco, Datuk Abd. Latif Bandi and two others were charged at the Johor Bahru Session Court for 21 counts of illegal money laundering amounting RM35.7 million.
Besides Abd. Latif, 51, his son, Ahmad Fauzan Hatim, 25 and a property consultant, Amir Shariffuddin Abd. Raub, 44 were also charged. -MalaysiaGazette