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No compromise, charge aide if there's a case – Mat Sabu

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Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu (above) has made it clear that he would not compromise on the issue of integrity and welcomed MACC's investigation against his aide.

Pledging his full cooperation, the Amanah president, who is better known as Mat Sabu, said MACC is free to investigate anyone in his ministry or office.

"I am ready to give my full commitment and cooperation to MACC. For me, there should be no compromise when it comes to integrity.

"If there is any case, MACC can charge the individual concerned in accordance with existing legal channels," he added in a statement this afternoon.

Mohamad was responding to Malaysiakini's report yesterday that his aide was being investigated in connection with several parties settling the latter's debts amounting to RM800,000.

Sources claimed the aide had been declared bankrupt by the Insolvency Department about four years ago but his debt was settled just a few days after Mohamad was sworn in as defence minister.

MACC is investigating whether the debts were settled with the intention to secure projects in return.

The commission has recorded statements from the aide and 10 others, which included defence contractors and business representatives.

Meanwhile, Amanah communications director Khalid Samad said the investigation proved that MACC was free of political interference.

“If there is a case that can be convicted, MACC is asked to charge the officer in question. No Amanah leaders will defend him or seek for the prosecution to be stopped," he added in a statement.

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