Saturday October 6, 2012
MACC comprehensive vetting of potential Barisan candidates underway
By RAZAK AHMAD
PETALING JAYA: Potential Barisan Nasional candidates for the general election are undergoing thorough screening by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and police as the ruling coalition goes the extra mile to put up a credible line-up.
The vetting is so comprehensive this time that even academic qualifications of potential candidates are being double-checked.
Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said is said to have already submitted the state's short-listed candidates to the commission.
MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull confirmed that the police and other agencies were also involved in the screening.
Incumbent Barisan MPs and state assemblymen have also been vetted in a separate exercise. Mohd Shukri said a report of that screening had been submitted to Prime Minister and Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak last month.
“We checked to see if there were any case or investigation files against them, focusing on corruption and abuse of power,” he told The Star.
When contacted, Barisan secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor said “all that needed to be checked will be checked.
“Everything is being done to check the candidates. We have several ways to do this,'' he said, adding that Barisan wanted to field candidates who could measure up to the people's expectations.
Meanwhile, Umno will look out for those out to sabotage the party election machinery if the leaders they backed were not selected as candidates.
The party's disciplinary committee deputy chairman Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas said a team of monitors who were checking developments in party divisions had already identified members with “the potential to create problems”.