Muhyiddin's son-in-law denies on the run from MACC, says lawyer

09 Aug 2023 03:06pm
Muhammad Adlan Berhan with Mansoor Saat
Muhammad Adlan Berhan with Mansoor Saat

KUALA LUMPUR - Perikatan Nasional (PN) Chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's son-in-law has denied fleeing abroad to evade Malaysian authorities investigating project irregularities related to the registration, collection and storage of foreign worker biometrics in a ministry.

Datuk Baljit Singh Sidhu, the lawyer for Datuk Seri Muhammad Adlan Berhan said his client has the right to move freely, including abroad, particularly for business matters.

Baljit added that the media statement by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Monday had given the wrong impression that his client was on the run.

"He was never arrested or called in by the MACC to assist in any investigation.

"On the contrary, our client was contacted by a MACC officer, and he responded in a written statement dated June 3, stating that he was abroad for business purposes," said the lawyer.

The lawyer also denied that his client was uncontactable, stating that he had always cooperated with the investigating officer and kept in communication.

The lawyer said the MACC's statement suggesting it was "hunting" for his client had tarnished Muhammad Adlan's image, despite all relevant information, such as his client's schedule and return to the country, had been shared with the authorities.

"Adlam will return to Malaysia as soon as possible to answer all questions. He will facilitate the MACC in any investigation. He hopes any element of threat and persecution against him will be stopped," the lawyer said.
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Last Monday, the MACC issued a media statement to track down two men to facilitate the investigation into a corruption and embezzlement case concerning a project related to the registration, recruitment and biometric storage of foreign workers in a ministry.