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Melaka cops confirm police report against ex-Malaysian PM Muhyiddin


Published : 18 Jun 2022 07:25 PM

State police in Melaka confirmed on Saturday (June 18) that a report has been lodged against Pari Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for allegedly receiving RM1.3 million (S$410,000) from foreign visa operator Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB).

Melaka Tengah Police Assistant Commissioner Christopher Patit said the report was lodged at the Sungai Udang police station at 9pm on Friday.

"We will soon decide on which section of the Penal Code to classify and investigate the report," he said when contacted on Saturday.

The report was lodged by former Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam.

Earlier on Friday, Mr Muhyiddin denied receiving the cash inducement in 2018 when he was the country's home minister, as claimed by a witness on Friday in the ongoing corruption trial of Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Mr Muhyiddin, who is also Malaysia's National Recovery Council chairman, refuted the claims made by UKSB administrative manager David Tan on the witness stand that the former received up to RM1.3 million from the company. "The statement (made by the witness) is false. I strongly deny it," the former prime minister said in a post on Facebook on Friday. Mr Muhyiddin added that during that period when he allegedly received the funds, he was undergoing cancer treatment and had taken leave for a few months.

"My role as home minister at the time was taken over by then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"In fact, I was having treatment at a hospital overseas," he wrote, adding that it was impossible for him to accept bribes in that condition.

The former prime minister underwent surgery and treatment over a growth on his pancreas in Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital, where he was discharged in August 2018.

Mr Muhyiddin said that he has never been investigated by the authorities regarding the allegations and was prepared to be questioned over the matter.

Mr Tan, 47, who is the former administrative manager of the company, stated his claim when the company's ledger was shown to him during Zahid's corruption trial.

Mr Tan told the court that the funds were given to Mr Muhyiddin in cash payments on June 4, July 4 and Aug 23, 2018.

"On June 4, 2018, it was RM300,000; on July 4, it was RM500,000 and on Aug 23, it was RM500,000," he said.

When questioned by Zahid's lawyer Ahmad Zaidi Zainal over who was the 'TSM' recorded in the ledger, the witness Mr Tan said: "Tan Sri Muhyiddin."