KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 — Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed was among several Kelantan Umno leaders who were probed by the police prior to his sudden exit from the party, Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said today.
In several media reports, Annuar reportedly said that the Jeli MP was interrogated for a few days, in relation to funds that he had received “from somewhere”.
“What I can confirm, Kelantan Umno, including Tok Pa, were investigated, interrogated for few days, with regards to some funds that he received from somewhere.
“That Tok Pa received a substantial amount of funds, which was investigated by PDRM,” he reportedly said, calling Mustapa by his moniker.
But Annuar stopped short of confirming that Mustapa left Umno because of the investigation.
Annuar added that many of the party’s leaders were investigated, but chose to remain with the party.
This comes as Utusan Online reported that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has denied summoning Mustapa, to have his statement recorded.
The agency’s deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki reportedly denied the matter.
“The allegation is not true at all,” the online portal of Utusan Malaysia quoted him as saying.
Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam had claimed that Mustapa was summoned by the MACC to be investigated over funds he allegedly received for the party’s use.
Mustapa, who was with Umno for four decades, cited disillusionment with the party’s growing shift from the middle ground as the reason for his resignation.
His decision came amid plans by Umno to cooperate with Islamist party PAS, which has governed the east coast state of Kelantan for the last 28 years after toppling Barisan Nasional in 1990.