Salahuddin says he will not interfere in MACC probe into his political secretary

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PUTRAJAYA (April 1): Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Salahuddin Ayub said today that he will not interfere in the investigation of his political secretary by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

In a statement issued today, he said he had been informed of the arrest and will not interfere in the investigation, Malaysiakini reported.

“I wish to stress that I will not interfere in (the) MACC investigation and will allow the law to take its course. He too is a Malaysian who is subject to the law.

“I hold fast to the principle of rule of law and I’m confident MACC will conduct its investigation fairly and independently,” he said.

Earlier, Bernama reported that a 47-year-old political secretary of a Minister was detained by MACC on suspicion of accepting a bribe in the form of a luxury watch worth about RM28,000.

According to MACC sources, the 47-year-old man was taken into custody at 5pm after he came to give his statement at the MACC headquarters here today.

“The man was believed to have accepted the luxury watch as an inducement to enable a project developer to be awarded projects under ministry’s purview,” the sources said, adding that the MACC would seek a remand order on the suspect at the Magistrate’s Court here tomorrow.

The case is being investigated under Section16(a) (A) of the MACC Act 2009.