Recently, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor came under media attention after the court made public the declaration of his assets worth almost RM1 billion.
On March 4, Tengku Adnan who is popularly known as Ku Nan stood trial to a charge of accepting RM2 million from businessman Tan Sri Chai Kin King when he was the Minister of Federal Territories.
However, during a question-and-answer session, the Putrajaya MP failed to control his emotions and raised his voice when answering Deputy Prosecutor Julia Ibrahim. These are highlighted in ‘assets are made public’, ‘Ku Nan Berang’, and ‘In-camera proceedings’ in the top issues.
Ku Nan defended his actions, saying the reason he does not want to declare his assets in the presence of the media is because it would be sensationalized.
It was previously reported that Ku Nan applied for in-camera proceedings, however it was rejected by the High Court.
Ku Nan also said that he has been declaring his assets during his tenure in the Cabinet since 2001. The declarations were made only for the knowledge of the Prime Minister at the time, and this included Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
In 2001, Ku Nan declared assets worth of RM938,643,566.16 to Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
Meanwhile, the former Federal Territories Minister also confirmed that he had declared assets worth RM711,325,822.00 to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2006, along with RM691,770,649.00 and RM782,748,061.00 to Datuk Seri Najib Razak in 2013 and 2016 respectively.
Besides the RM2 million corruption trial, Ku Nan also faces another charge of receiving a bribe amounting to RM1 million from businessman Datuk Tan Eng Boon which has since been making headlines since the past month.
Apart from Ku Nan, his fellow UMNO colleagues Zahid Hamidi and Najib Razak are also facing graft trials.
Now that the government has returned to work with Barisan Nasional, numerous Malaysians have shared their concerns over the appointment of politicians with corruption charges into the Cabinet.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had promised that his Cabinet will be filled by those who are free from corruption and have a clean track record.
On March 9, Muhyiddin revealed his Cabinet members. Tengku Adnan, Najib Razak and Ahmad Zahid Hamidi are not on the list.