RM300,000 paid to Azalina by ‘Crooked Bridge’ company says whistleblower
- Cheque from Crooked Bridge businessman
- Whistleblower calls for MACC action
- Blogger asks Azalina to make statement
Former cabinet minister Azalina Othman, a member of Umno’s supreme council, received a payment of RM300,000 in April 2011 from a maintenance company linked to the now-cancelled “Crooked Bridge” project, says the anonymous Whistleblower711 blog.
Yesterday, the blogger published an image of a cheque (above) from Advance Maintenance Precision Management Sdn Bhd, a company belonging to Johor businessman Yahya Abdul Jalil, who was awarded the “Crooked Bridge” project to replace the Causeway to Singapore.
Yahya Ab Jalil
Azalina is the second government leader, and the fourth person, to be named by Whistleblower711 as having received money from Yahya or his companies.
Last month deputy finance minister Senator Awang Adek Husin admitted that he had received payments but that the money was for social work in his Umno division and former constituency.
He denied any connection to government contracts, and also denied any links to payments made to Mohd Po’ad Jelani and Mohd Shukor Abd Manan, the private secretaries of the prime minister and deputy prime minister. » Ghost of ‘crooked bridge’ links PMO top aides, Awang Adek in graft probe
Whistleblower711 had said last month the maintenance company had been making monthly payments to the private secretaries through Awang Adek. Neither of them, nor Yahya, has responded to the allegations.
Awaiting word from Azalina
Whistleblower711 gave no details on why the payment was made to Azalina, but said “perhaps (the payment to Azalina) is meant for social programs in the Member of Parliament constituency. Who knows for sure except for the giver and the receiver.” (Azalina is MP for Pengerang, Johor.)
“The true nature of the ‘contribution’ is only known to the giver and the receiver. Perhaps it is best to let Dato’ Sri Azalina Othman make a statement just like her counterpart has. Perhaps SPRM (the anti-corruption agency) also can have a closer look at this,” Whistleblower711 said.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission confirmed last month that it was investigating the allegations about Awang Adek. Whistleblower711 said yesterday he had also received an email from MACC’s chief, Abu Kassim Mohamed, saying “SPRM will definitely take actions” on his allegations.