Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said Thursday he regarded the allegations hurled by Barisan Nasional’s Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing against Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Kee Teat as something personal between two individuals.
He said as of now, he could not see the misunderstanding between Tiong and Ong, who is also the MCA president, as having anything to do with their positions in the Barisan Nasional.
Nazri, who is in charge of the parliamentary affairs and anti-corruption, was asked to comment on the allegations made by Tiong, the MP for Bintulu and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party treasurer-general, that he (Tiong) had donated RM10 million to Ong to be channeled to MCA last year.
Tiong’s allegations published in the “Malaysiakini” news portal yesterday stated that the donation was made on Ong’s request because Tiong supported MCA’s activities.
Following the allegation, Ong lodged a police report and demanded Tiong withdraw his allegation.
Nazri said he was of the opinion that the matter be handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to open a case on the allegation.
He said it was the responsibility of the MACC to determine if the had been and act of corruption.
“We have to remember that not only the person who receives; the person who gives bribes also stands to be accused,” he said.
Nazri said this during his visit to the MACC office here. — BERNAMA