Don’t be a coward, prove ‘women and money’ claim, says Azmin


Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has scoffed at reports accusing state officers of being involved in corruption such as making requests for money and “women”, following the spread of a Whatsapp message on social media.

Describing the accusation as “scurrilous”, Azmin said it was not backed with any proof and was part of a systematic smear campaign against the Selangor government and state civil servants.

“These are scurrilous and scandalous allegations, unsupported by any evidence whatsoever and betray the handiwork of a systematic smear campaign against the Selangor State government.

“In conducting such a vicious and reckless attack, the perpetrators have sullied the good name, reputation and integrity of our state civil service as well as the executive councillors who have contributed so tirelessly and efficiently to the efforts of the government of Selangor to bring development and socio-economic progress to the state,” he said in a statement on his blog.

However, the PKR deputy president he would welcome any complaint aimed at ensuring a corruption-free government, adding that those making allegations should back them with evidences.

“But if there is even a shred of evidence to support these allegations, it is incumbent on those making them to produce it to the relevant authorities for necessary action.

“Taking pot shots at the government without the requisite evidence and then disseminating them to all and sundry is an act of sheer cowardice, irresponsibility and malicious mischief,” he added.

Messages exchanged in a Whatsapp group involving PKR secretary-general and Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli have revealed that there had been requests for money and “women” by officers during state dealings.

Rafizi, who also heads the National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW), confirmed receiving such a complaint, and said he was in the midst of investigating the claim.