Former Malaysian lawmaker denies taking $9,900 bribe, says parcel was thrown into his car

PKR’s S. Manikavasagam.

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A former Malaysian lawmaker has denied allegations of taking a RM30,000 (S$9,900) bribe from a contractor, and deceiving disabled individuals into withdrawing their Employees Provident Fund (EPF) savings amounting to RM60,000.

S. Manikavasagam, a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) branch chief in Selangor, was released on bail on Thursday (June 16) by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) pending investigations. He had claimed that a parcel was thrown into his car by an unidentified man on Wednesday.

He has lodged a police report, calling on the authorities to investigate the allegations levelled against him.

"I want the police and the MACC to investigate... I will give my full co-operation, as I want to clear my name," the former Kapar MP said.

Manikavasagam also denied deceiving eight disabled individuals into withdrawing their EPF savings.

Describing such allegations as a blatant lie to kill his political career, Manikavasagam claimed it was impossible for a third party to fool EPF into releasing funds belonging to others.

MACC investigations division director Azam Baki said the deputy public prosecutor would decide if they had a case against Manikavasagam.

"Investigations are still ongoing. I will not comment on whatever he says to the media," said Datuk Azam.

In George Town, Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali said the state would not protect anyone involved in any corruption and wrongdoing.

The PKR deputy president said the state government would cooperate with the MACC in its probe into bribery and cheating cases allegedly committed by Manickavasagam.