Guan Eng: Mansur, what have you got to say about this?

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PETALING JAYA  –  Penang Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Mansor Othman has been told to produce a full report on his aide’s arrest by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to both the state government and his party.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Mansor, who is also state PKR chief, would return from Mecca tomorrow.

“If the aide is under contract with the state government, we will definitely take action.

“We don’t compromise on corruption and we will take stern action (if it involves the state government),” he told a press conference yesterday.

The 56-year-old aide and two others were arrested for allegedly offering a bribe of RM30,000 to a clerk to persuade her to drop her complaint of sexual harassment against a top civil servant.

Lim also called on the MACC to be consistent in revealing future cases and to also look into previous reports lodged by the state government.

State PKR vice-chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain said the aide was a personal assistant to Mansor at the party’s Penanti service centre.

“He was just one of several personal assistants and has been working there,” he said.

In a related development, the PKR leadership is preparing a response to the graft allegations.

PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli said Mansor would be asked to brief the party leadership on the case.

“I am not privy to the allegations and have no idea why a political appointee needs to be involved in the whole thing,” said Rafizi.

Meanwhile, the state government announced the appointments of Jusni Ismail and Saodah Nawawi as the Seberang Prai Tengah (SPT) and Seberang Prai Utara (SPU) district officers, respectively.

Jusni was formerly heading SPU while Saodah was formerly the Land and Mines Department deputy director.

“Jusni replaces Roslan (Yahaya) who has been transferred,” said Lim.

“For the time being, there will be a vacancy for Saodah’s previous post but as far as administration is concerned, it is business as usual,” he added.  –  The Star