Sabah Progressive Party has lodged a police report over the 'clearance' of Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman of graft and money laundering allegations last week.
PETALING JAYA: The clearance of Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman of any wrongdoing last week over money laundering and graft allegations involving RM40 million has continued to bewilder and anger opposition parties.
Among the latest is the youth wing of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), whose members claimed that the government explanation that the money did not belong to Musa, but Sabah Umno, smacks of a deliberate cover up.
Lodging a police report over the matter on Friday, they urged the police to further investigate the origin of the RM40 million. They also questioned the need to smuggle the money out of Hong Kong and businessman Michael Chia’s relationship with Umno.
“If there is no connection (between Chia and Umno), why isn’t Umno managing the transaction?” asked the report.
Speaking to FMT, SAPP Youth chief Edward Dagul said that the party finds it hard to believe that the Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz has attempted to “swipe away such a serious case with such a simple sentence”.
“We are astonished that a federal minister is actually saying that Umno has that amount of money. And why has it got to go through Hong Kong? If it really is just a simple matter of Umno headquarters giving money to Sabah Umno, then why is it smuggled through Hong Kong, what is there to hide?
“The other thing is that the story has been out for four years, and suddenly after four years they changed their minds and changed the story. Why didn’t Musa Aman say this in the first place?”
“To us it is a cooked up story. It is an afterthought,” said Edward, who also asked whether the contribution was recorded in the Umno financial report if it was really above board.