KUALA LUMPUR, 24 June 2009: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) conducted three investigations into Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam’s alleged involvement in money politics.
“The MACC conducted two investigations into certain parties that were allegedly involved in the giving of bribes for the purpose of nominating Ali Rustam as Umno deputy president,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.
He said these bribes were alleged to have been given out at the Rendang Umno division meeting on 8 Nov 2008.
Nazri said this is a written answer to a question by Padang Serai Member of Parliament (MP) N Gobalakrishnan. The PKR MP had asked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to state the status of the corruption investigations involving the former Umno vice-president.
“Both cases have been resolved, and investigation papers have been submitted to MACC’s legal and prosecution division,” Nazri said.
He said another investigation was carried out into allegations of bribes to the Rendang Umno chief and delegates to support and vote for Ali Rustam in the Umno polls on 26 March.
“This investigation concluded ‘No Further Action’, and was closed on 25 May,” Nazri said.
Ali Rustam was nominated to run for the Umno deputy president’s post but he was disqualified by the Umno disciplinary board which found him guilty of money politics.
Three of Ali Rustam’s agents, all from the Bukit Katil Umno division of which he is chief, were also found guilty of money politics.