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Maszlee decries graft probe, says timing is due to Johor election


Former education minister Maszlee Malik has vehemently denied any involvement in corruption and claims that the MACC is investigating him, saying these are an attempt to tarnish his reputation ahead of the Johor state election.

"I have read the Malaysiakini report regarding allegations of corruption involving me posed by certain parties.

"I vehemently deny these slanderous allegations and I see this as an attempted character assassination (mala fide) by certain parties against me ahead of the Johor state election and due to my commitment to educational issues.

"I welcome any inquiry as there is nothing to hide," Maszlee said in a statement this morning.

The Simpang Renggam MP is being touted as Pakatan Harapan's candidate to head the Johor government in the forthcoming state assembly election.

"My life and struggle is to fight for education, the fate of the disabled and

the poor, the welfare of the people of Simpang Renggam and the integrity of our beloved country," he added.

Maszlee: MACC officers intimidating my staff

Maszlee earlier claimed that the MACC officers were intimidating his staff following his involvement in demonstrations against the commission chief Azam Baki.

Yesterday, the MACC said it is probing Maszlee after receiving two reports against him.

The graft buster did not disclose the reason for the probe in its statement on the matter.

However, sources informed Malaysiakini that the investigation is over alleged corruption when he was the education minister from 2018 to early 2020.

Maszlee is alleged to have accepted monies from a ministry supplier, which he then used for political activities.

He is also alleged to have received a Toyota Vellfire from a company linked to the Education Ministry. - Mkini

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