Zairil said the offer to Tunku Abdul Aziz is genuine
KUALA LUMPUR: Academic Dr Chandra Muzaffar said Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim should report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) of the RM50,000 offer for him to remain in the DAP.
Speaking to The Mole, Dr Chandra said the matter was an example of money politics.
“I think the matter should be brought to MACC. This is an attempt to buy a person to stay in the party,” said Dr Chandra who was a deputy president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat during its early days of inception. He later decided to quit the party.
Expressing his shock over the offer, Dr Chandra said the DAP should stick to its anti-corruption principle or risks being seen as a party that does not live up to its moral stand.
However, Penang Institute chief executive officer Zairil Khir Johari said the the senior fellowship, that came with a RM50,000 salary, offered to Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim is a standard annual package for senior fellowship.
In a statement yesterday Zairil who is also an aide of Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng said: “Out of respect for Tunku Aziz’s position as a senior figure, we requested the Penang Chief Minister, who is also the chairman of Penang Institute, to convey our offer of a senior fellowship.”
“We regret that our enthusiasm to have Tunku Aziz on board the Penang Institute by requesting the Chief Minister to convey our offer has not only been misconstrued to justify his leaving the party, but also used to malign the Chief Minister,” he added.
In an interview with The Star yesterday, Tunku Abdul Aziz said the RM50,000 and the senior fellowship offer were considered as an attempt to bribe him.
Tunku Abdul Aziz reportedly said: “It's a bribe, it's a salve for my hurt pride. To me, as a senior person... I'm trying to find an English word for this behaviour, and I can't. The only word is a Malay word, and it's “biadap" (uncouth).
Former Umno member Aspan Alias who joined the DAP in January said he did not believe Tunku Abdul Aziz's allegations that he was offered a bribe.
“I do not believe it,” Aspan said, adding that everyone should let the issue of Tunku Abdul Aziz’s resignation and his allegations to rest.
Commenting on Tunku Aziz’s interview with The Star the DAP secretary general Lim reportedly said yesterday that time will prove who is right.
He was also quoted as saying: “I have no wish to exchange personal attacks against Tunku but to convey the party’s thanks for his service during his four years as national vice-chair of DAP.”