JO­HOR SUL­TAN

Anti-graft agency iden­ti­fies per­son who of­fered ruler RM2m bribe

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RAH­MAT KHAIRULRIJAL

AND MASRIWANIE MUHAMADING KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

THE in­di­vid­ual be­hind the hon­orific ti­tle-buy­ing at­tempt has been iden­ti­fied by the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC).

This fol­lows an au­di­ence by the anti-graft body’s se­nior of­fi­cials with Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar here yes­ter­day.

The com­mis­sion said it would ini­ti­ate an in­ves­ti­ga­tion based on in­for­ma­tion and ev­i­dence pro­vided by Sul­tan Ibrahim dur­ing the hour-long closed-door meet­ing at a con­do­minium here yes­ter­day.

“Fol­low­ing the meet­ing with our chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad and sev­eral se­nior MACC of­fi­cers, Sul­tan Ibrahim pro­vided us with in­for­ma­tion re­lated to the case.

“We are ap­pre­cia­tive of the sul­tan’s com­mit­ment and sup­port in fight­ing cor­rup­tion and abuse of power in this coun­try, es­pe­cially in Jo­hor.

“We will en­sure that a trans­par­ent in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­ducted and ac­tion taken against the cul­prit,” MACC said in a state­ment.

MACC swung into ac­tion af­ter the Jo­hor ruler re­vealed that an in­di­vid­ual had at­tempted to of­fer him a RM2 mil­lion bribe.

This was to pro­pose names to the chief sec­re­tary to the govern­ment of can­di­dates for “Tan Sri” ti­tles, which would be be­stowed by the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong.

How­ever, both par­ties de­clined to com­ment when ap­proached by reporters.

Dzulk­i­fli, clad in a brown suit and songkok, ar­rived at 8.30am and left the con­do­minium’s com­pound at 9.40am with his of­fi­cers.

Sul­tan Ibrahim, who left 30 min­utes later, also de­clined to com­ment.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the Me­dia Prima Group re­cently, Sul­tan Ibrahim said an in­di­vid­ual had of­fered him RM2 mil­lion since the sul­tan had a quota of Tan Sri ti­tles to give out.

“There were agents who came to see me and told me that I have Tan Sri quo­tas for sale, and wanted to give me RM2 mil­lion for the ti­tle.

“I told the agent, who I do not wish to name be­cause it would be em­bar­rass­ing, to get lost. I do not sell ti­tles,” he was quoted as say­ing.

It was re­ported on Fri­day that Sul­tan Ibrahim said the awards be­stowed by him were con­ferred based on a re­cip­i­ent’s merit and loy­alty to the ruler and the state govern­ment.

He hoped the Jo­hor Em­blems, Ti­tles, and Awards (Preven­tion of Im­proper Use) En­act­ment 2017, which was ap­proved at the Jo­hor Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly re­cently, would be im­ple­mented im­me­di­ately.

PIC BY ASYRAF HAMZAH

Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad (right) leav­ing the con­do­minium’s com­pound in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day af­ter an au­di­ence with Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar.

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