Ex-PKR MP Steven Choong rubbishes allegations of being pressured to support Muhyiddin

JOHOR BARU: Former PKR lawmaker Steven Choong (pic, right) has rubbished allegations that he was pressured by government enforcement agencies to support Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Choong, who is also Tebrau MP, said that the allegations made by the Pakatan presidential council were untrue and were made with ill-intention.

“The statement by the Pakatan presidential council is blatantly untrue, uncalled for and done with ill-will.

“I hereby categorically state that neither am I under any pressure whatsoever to give my support to our Prime Minister, nor have any various enforcement bodies been in touch with me for any investigation purposes,” he said in a statement here on Saturday (March 6).

Choong also stressed that he left Pakatan voluntarily, as he has lost confidence in its leadership.

“The allegations that I have been attacked by various enforcement bodies are reckless and baseless.

“I wish to state in no uncertainty that I left Pakatan voluntarily. I left Pakatan because I have totally lost confidence in the leadership, and do wish to be able to do more for the country generally, and my constituency specifically,” he said.

The Pakatan presidential council had on Friday (March 5) alleged that Perikatan Nasional had misused government agencies such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Inland Revenue Board (LHDN), as well as police to pressure Opposition MPs to support it.

The MACC had vehemently denied allegations that it was used as a “political weapon”.

In a statement on Saturday (March 6), MACC said that it was an independent agency that always ensured its actions were in accordance with the law and without political leanings.

It added that the accusations were unfounded and irresponsible, and could tarnish its reputation.