Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Azalina Othman's office raided by MACC
This must be the hottest news item in tomorrow's newspapers. The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission visited the office of Tourism Minister Azalina Othman this morning, where they spent three hours and took away some files. This comes after the arrest of her political secretary recently by the MACC, where he was found with RM75,000 on him. Azalina was reportedly not in the office at that time but the talk is that the visit is in relation to investigations on the award of contracts. The visit and the arrest of her aide at the last lap of the Umno polls is likely to have an impact on her contest. The political damage is enormous even though her office has issued a statement, saying they would cooperate with the MACC. In short, we have nothing to hide. The former Puteri Umno chief is seeking a supreme council seat. It has been reported that the MACC is expected to haul in more Umno leaders ahead of the elections, where money politics has become a serious problem.