IPOH: Aug 20, 2008
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin kept his composure, when pressed for comments that two of his Exco members had been arrested for graft.
Speaking to reporters at the state secretariat here Wednesday, Nizar said: "Let the law run its course. At this point, nothing can be said for every individual is innocent until proven guilty.
A grim-faced Nizar added that the Perak government would offer its full cooperation to the investigation.
"As far as I am concerned, any of our Exco members are open for investigation and should there be enough evidence to charge them, then they will be charged. Let the court decide," he said.
To a question on whether Pakatan's credibility would be tarnished by the arrests, Nizar said: "Anybody can get remanded.
"A remand is just for the purpose of recording statements and so on. It will not affect the government."
ACA detains 6 over housing project kickback
PUTRAJAYA: The ACA has arrested six people including two Perak state exco members for alleged graft, involving a housing project worth RM180mil.
Perak ACA director Samsiah Abu Bakar confirmed the arrests on Wednesday.
Five of them, including one exco member, were arrested on Tuesday in Perak following a report lodged by a complainant. The second exco member was arrested this morning.
Three of them were said to have collected RM100,000 as kickback to help process the housing application.
They are believed to have helped expedite and approve the application.
Five of the detained have been remanded for three days.