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MACC Investigates Bauxite Issue In Pahang

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KUANTAN: The Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) is drawing up an inspection paper to strengthen the system and procedure relating to bauxite due to weaknesses in enforcement and revenue collected by the state government.

State MACC director, Datuk Zainul Darus, said the two inspection papers were expected to be ready by month’s end before being submitted to the state government early next year.

He said the inspection papers were established after finding lax enforcement and collection of bauxite revenue which revealed elements of corrupt activities as bauxite was not listed in the act on natural resources.

“This is because in the act involved, there were no terms of bauxite mentioned except laterite soil which is not valuable, so we are in the process of completing the inspection paper so that the resource can benefit the government.

“Similarly from the aspect of enforcement, when bauxite is included in the act concerned, follow up actions can be taken by local authorities as now it can only act from the aspect of loading and bauxite dust under the Department of Environment.

“The Geoscience Department also cannot take action including from the aspect of permit, levy and tax,” he told reporters after a World Anti-Corruption Day celebration in Kampung Cempaka near here today.

— BERNAMA

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