KUALA LUMPUR — May 12, 2020: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Adham Baba has issued a letter of demand for RM30 million in damages against the Centre to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 Centre) after it linked him to a company being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
The letter gives C4 seven days to pay and also issue a public apology, failing which Adham’s lawyers will start legal action.
Nasser Yusof, one of Adham’s lawyers, described C4’s claims as slander which implies that Adham is corrupt. Adham yesterday dismissed C4’s accusation, calling it a malicious attempt at character assassination.
A statement from his office said Adham had no business interests in Khazanah Jaya Sdn. Bhd., named by C4, nor any relationship with its shareholders.
MACC started an investigation into several contracts allegedly awarded via direct negotiations by the ministry to procure equipment relating to the Covid-19 outbreak. The equipment included test kits and protective gear worth reportedly RM30 million.
The agency also denied rumours that several of the ministry’s officers had been arrested.