ISKANDAR PUTERI: Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin today denied allegations made against him in supposed Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) documents 'leaked' in social media recently.
He said the allegations were slanderous, untrue and have nothing to do with him.
"My administration have never received any bribes, will never accept any bribes and will oppose any attempts to bribe me or my administration.
"I believe the allegations were made in bad faith (mala fide) in order to humiliate me and to muddle the good name of me personally and that of the state government," said Khaled.
He was speaking during his winding up speech for the 2018 State Budget at the state assembly here.
Last week, Senai assemblywoman Wong Shu Qi raised the issue at the State Assembly after the accusations surfaced in a blog.
Among the allegations included a supposed payment schedule allegedly made to Khaled.
Khaled said at the time Wong raised the issue, he was not aware of the existence of the documents and have no way of verifying the authenticity of the documents.
"I am grateful with MACC's quick action in confirming that the leaked documents were confidential and that they were leaked selectively and have been tampered with.
"Even though this esteemed assembly assumed that I could and should answer all the allegations in detail, suffice for me to say that on the dates mentioned in the documents, I was either overseas or at other places on various businesses and was not at the State Umno headquarters, let alone to be there to receive the bribes," said Khaled.
He said the issue was now a court matter and any statements or comments made on the issue would undermine the administration of justice and would interrupt and compromise the court process.
Khaled said he would leave it to the relevant authorities to take the appropriate actions against Wong, who must take responsibility for her actions.
Meanwhile, Wong said she was not satisfied with Khaled's denial of the allegations.
"It is not enough for him to just deny the allegations. He have to provide details," she said, adding that she was prepared to face any actions from the authorities regarding the matter.