Malaysian opposition claims dirty tricks as three nabbed for graft

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KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Three members of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s party have been arrested for graft, triggering accusations of “dirty tricks” Thursday ahead of a tense by-election.

Anwar, who was sacked as deputy premier and jailed a decade ago, has accused the ruling coalition of trying to undermine his chances of returning to parliament in an August 26 ballot in his home state of Penang.

Anti-corruption officials on Wednesday detained two members of the state cabinet in northern Perak which is run by Anwar’s opposition alliance, as well as another official in his Keadilan party.

They were among a group of six people accused of taking bribes of more than 120,000 ringgit (36,000 dollars) from a businessman to expedite a local housing project, the New Straits Times reported.

“None of them resisted when the team barged into the hotel room,” state anti-corruption chief Samsiah Abu Bakar told the daily after the raid. “We also found 100,000 ringgit in a bag belonging to one of the suspects,” she added. [more]


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