KOTA KINABALU – Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the Infrastructure Development Ministry would leave no stone unturned in investigating two of its officers suspected of corruption and abuse of power.
He said the ministry would extend its full cooperation to MACC in the investigation of the case.
Pairin, who is also the Sabah Infrastructure Development Minister, said he was truly shocked when he heard of the arrest, stories and photographs being circulated in the social media.
“I understand that this particular RM3.3 billion worth of federal projects is under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, of which my ministry does not handle,” he said in statement here today.
He said the allocations were directly channelled to the State Water Department as the implementing agency without the Ministry’s knowledge.
According to him the procurement of the projects as well as the payments were handled by the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development and the State Water Department.
“In light of this development, my ministry will study and propose an appropriate reporting system, which will put the ministry in the loop,” he said.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) allegedly seized more than RM114.5 million from raids at the offices and homes of the suspects.
In a press conference on Wednesday (Oct 5), MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) Datuk Azam Baki described the case as “the biggest cash bust” in the history of MACC involving civil servants. – BERNAMA