Bersatu treasurer-general freed on MACC bail

Bersatu Treasurer General Salleh Bajuri was released yesterday after being arrested and detained for two days by the Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Malaysian news portal Sinar Daily said the party’s media chief Razali Idris confirmed this. “I was told that Salleh was released on MACC bail and returned home last night,” he said. Razali said Salleh’s arrest was to tarnish Bersatu’s reputation.

“I was told that there is no money deposited in his personal account. “He is solely responsible for managing the party’s account, which is audited every year, which means that the account is clean and there are no suspicious transactions.

“Looking at the way we have been treated, I hope Bersatu leaders will arrest and investigate the MACC,” he said. Salleh was arrested on March 2 and jailed for two days by the anti-corruption agency.

According to reports, Salleh’s arrest included investigations into the Jana Wibawa program and the Akar Umbi Pemacu Negara (AkuPN) online application. Earlier in the day, Bersatu secretary general Hamzah Zainudin said Salleh’s arrest and detention were a form of unnecessary pressure on party leaders in a “fishing trip” to find wrongdoing.

MACC blocked Muhyiddin Yassin’s party account a month ago under the Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Money Laundering Act (Amla). It is believed to be linked to an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of billions of ringgit earmarked for the Covid-19 stimulus package.

Last month, Bersatu MP Tasek Gelugor Wan Saiful Wan Jan was accused of accepting a bribe of RM6.9 million and asking for an undisclosed amount of money for work of RM232 million related to the Jana Wibawa scheme. The main chairman of the Santatu chairman, which Adam Radlad Adam Muhammad, with five charges of requesting the bribe about Janana Wibawa.

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