MACC nabs six Kota Tinggi Umno division members
JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has detained six Kota Tinggi Umno division members, including its Youth chief, for allegedly trying to bribe three former Youth committee members with about RM40,000.
The members, aged between 30 and 40, were detained at about 2am on Friday at a committee member’s house here after the suspects had allegedly tried to coax the committee member to withdraw his resignation.
It is learnt that the suspects tried to do so after 18 committee members from the division’s Youth wing resigned last week claiming a loss of confidence in the Youth chief’s leadership.
Sources said that the mass resignation prompted the suspects to hold “negotiations” with three of those who had resigned to prevent an election in the division’s Youth wing.
It is believed that one of the three members had contacted MACC on the matter before cooperating to trap the suspects while the bribe took place.
The suspects were detained at the Ayer Molek prison before being brought for questioning at the state MACC headquarters here.
Kota Tinggi Umno division chief Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said he heard of the arrests and was told that they were all from the division’s Youth wing.
“I will leave the investigations to the MACC. I hope that the truth will come out,” he said.
Johor MACC chief Simi Abdul Ghani declined to comment on the matter when contacted.http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/11/20/nation/20091120174947&sec=nation