No Quit Order For Those Under Graft Probe, Says PM
"Just as in the past, we do not make them give up their positions," he Abdullah told reporters after attending the Bank Negara Board of Directors meeting here Tuesday.
Abdullah who is also Finance Minister said this when asked on whether it was incumbent of a civil service employee, who was being investigated for corruption, to quit from the government.
The Prime Minister said as long as there was no concrete evidence to support the allegation, the civil servant being investigated, need not give up his position.
Referring to allegations of corruption against Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum, Abdullah said action would only be taken if he was proven guilty.
"That is only an allegation and (he) has not been proven guilty.If he is guilty and if it is a serious offence, then action will be taken. This is the practice," he said.
Asked whether the wide media coverage on allegations of corruption showed that the government's efforts to fight the scourge had not been effective, Abdullah said, on the contrary, it was a good sign.
"The events that are taking place now, show that there is now a conscientious effort among us, (to fight corruption), and if there are such cases, action will be taken," he said.
Allegations against Johari surfaced in the Internet when a website claimed that a politician had received RM5 million for assisting several Emergency Ordinance detainees to be freed.
Johari, who said he was the one named by the website, has since denied the allegations, and said the authorities were free to investigate him.
Earlier, Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) director-general Datuk Seri Zulkipli Mat Noor was also in the spotlight when an Internet news portal carried allegations by former Sabah ACA director Mohamed Ramli Manan that Zulkipli was involved in "immoral activities" and had interfered with investigations by threatening witnesses.