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GERIK: The Perak branch of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has never received any report on corrupt practices among the Orang Asli, said its deputy director Mohamad Hassan.
He said this was probably because the Orang Asli community had never been involved in corruption or they were aware about the white-collar crime but did not know the proper channels to lodge a report.
“We have not received any complaint from the Orang Asli community over the issue (corruption). I believe they are aware of the corruption practice going around them but do not know how to report it,” he said.
He said this during a ‘Hatimu Hatiku Jua’ dialogue with the Orang Asli community in conjunction with a programme to popularise MACC and the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) at Kampung Orang Asli Desa Permai in Banun Resettlement Scheme, here Sunday.
The one-day programme, which was jointly organised by the MACC, the Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA), C4 and the Public Complaints Bureau was attended by more than 100 people comprising Orang Asli leaders nationwide.
Mohamad said through the inaugural programme, the MACC had also taken the initiative to provide exposure on corruption prevention measures to the Orang Asli community.
Mohamad urged the Orang Asli community with information on corruption to come forward and lodge their reports at the Ipoh MACC office or the nearest MACC branches in Taiping and Teluk Intan.
He added that informants did not have to worry about their safety as their identities would not be disclosed and the MACC would never conspire with any party to avoid investigations.
JAKOA deputy director-general Suhaimi Mahmud said based on the department records, the Orang Asli community had never been involved in giving or receiving bribes.
PUTRAJAYA: PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has lodged a report on alleged graft in the Selangor government to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
There were some 50 people present at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya on Monday to show support for Rafizi including Kelana Jaya MP Wong Chen, Kapar MP G. Manivannan and Pakatan Harapan Chief Secretary Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
Rafizi received a smattering of applause upon his arrival at around noon and spent about an hour with the MACC.
“I have given the information that I have thus far to the MACC concerning complaints against the running of the Selangor state government,” he said after exiting the building.
“My only hope is that we give room for MACC to conduct investigations without being hindered by politics or perception,” he said.
“I think the worst thing that could happen is that MACC is always seen as being stuck in political play. This (lodging a report) is something normal that should be done by members of the public,” he said.
“By right, it should not be an issue but we are used to a culture where anything can become political,” he said.
“This is in addition to the fact that I as PKR secretary-general was asked by the political bureau to make a report to MACC on misconduct by our own party members. I know it’s a rare thing but this should be the culture,” he said.
Rafizi also called on the public to be fair to both the state government and to MACC. He added that if the commission finds a basis to the allegations, they will continue the investigation.
Following a meeting at the PKR political bureau, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had told Rafizi to submit the evidence he had on the alleged graft to the MACC directly.
The Pandan MP had confirmed that he wrote the leaked WhatsApp message meant for a closed group of party members and Reformasi supporters about money and women being demanded in dealing of the Selangor government headed by PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
In the statement, Rafizi also denied allegations that he was “bought over” by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Umno to sabotage PKR and that would allow him to escape the various charges brought against him in court.
Lim Guan Eng
PUTRAJAYA – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has completed its investigation regarding the purhase of bungalow by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, and the papers have been submitted to Attorney-General (AG), Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali.
In a statement here, the MACC said it was up to Mohamed Apandi to decide on the investigations papers (IPs).
“If Mohamed Apandi is satisfied with the evidence submitted in the IPs, then legal action will be taken accordingly.
“On the other hand, if the MACC investigation is found not to contain sufficient evidence, then no legal action would be taken,” it said.
The MACC said that the matter was in accordance with Article 145 of the Federal Constitution, whereby the power to procecute lay in the hands of the AG.
On May 6, Lim and his wife Betty Chew, were asked to give their statements at the MACC office, as part of the investigations into Lim’s purchase of the bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn, and sale of land at Jalan Zainal Abidin, Taman Manggis.
The bungalow’s RM2.8 million purchase price became a controversy when Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya brought the matter up in the Dewan Rakyat, claiming that the transaction was done well below the market value.
It was also alleged that the purchase of the bungalow was related to the sale of land in Taman Manggis, which was originally earmarked for the development of a housing project for the hardcore poor. – BERNAMA
GEORGETOWN – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is to seek the assistance of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng soon in an investigation on his purchase of a bungalow here for RM2.8 million.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the investigation was underway and the agency’s operations division would set a date and venue to record Lim’s statement.
He said Lim’s statement would be taken to complete the MACC investigation on the purchase of the bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn here last year.
“The Operations Division has its own schedule to record Lim’s statement and it will issue a statement soon,” he said here Monday.
He spoke to reporters after witnessing the signing of the Corporate Integrity Pledge by PBA Holdings Bhd headed by its chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa here.
Earlier, at the same ceremony, Lim said he had yet to be contacted by MACC on the matter.
“The meeting today was only about the integrity pledge and we did not discuss other matters,” he said.
Lim is alleged to have bought the bungalow at below market price. It is also alleged that the purchase of the bungalow was linked to the sale of a piece of land in Taman Manggis.
Lim has dismissed the allegations. – BERNAMA
PUTRAJAYA – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today denied that the arrest of one of its officers recently had to do with an investigation involving Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
MACC director (Investigation) Datuk Azam Baki said the officer, in his 30s, was arrested on suspicion of soliciting bribe of RM20,000 as protection money from a police officer who was being investigated by the commission.
“Therefore, I wish to clarify that the allegation he (officer) was arrested for attempting to dispose off evidence in the investigation involving Lim is not true.
“The officer, who works at the Putrajaya MACC was arrested by MACC in Bangi, Selangor,” he told Bernama here today.
He was commenting an allegation posted on a web blog which said MACC was attempting to dispose of evidence in the investigation on the purchase of a bungalow at below the market price by Lim by arresting the officer, who is from Penang, together with RM50,000, in Putrajaya.
It also claimed that it was informed by a source in MACC that the officer’s arrest also had to do with an investigation on the alleged abuse of government fund, worth more than RNM100 million, at the Youth and Sports Ministry.
Azam said the officer was arrested at about noon last April 7 in Bangi and MACC found RM20,000 on him.
The investigation paper is ready and the officer would be charged in court tomorrow, he added. – BERNAMA
PUTRAJAYA – An Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry official who was remanded to facilitate investigations into a case involving misappropriation of Youth and Sports Ministry funds has been released.
The funds involved are believed to be more than RM100 million.
The man aged 43 was released on Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) bail of RM10,000 with one surety set by magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab. Rahman.
He was previously attached with the Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) before transferring to the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry.
On March 17, the MACC detained six individuals incuding a KBS senior officer and a woman allegedly linked to a syndicate that allegedly cheated the government of RM107 million.
Three more individuals were detained the following day to assist in investigations.
The syndicate believed to have been active since 2010, allegedly misled finance divisions of KBS agencies to channel payment to 14 companies purportedly for organising sports-related programmes.
On March 24, two contractors of event management companies and a woman believed to be a proxy for a company were released on MACC bail of RM10,000 with one surety each.
Last Friday, another contractor of an event management company aged 36 was released on a similar bail amount. – BERNAMA
PENDANG – The Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) targets to receive 70 per cent support from the public by year end.
MACC Professionalism and Management deputy chief Commissioner Datuk Sri Mohd Jamidan Abdullah said society’s perception of MACC go up yearly and this could be clearly be seen via MACC annual study.
“The study showed that 68 per cent of the people supported MACC last year.
“MACC always carries out its duty transparently and fairly. We will not allow any quarter to hinder our investigation as society wants the truth,” he told reporters after a MACC Officer Basic Course passing out parade here, Saturday.
The programme was opened by MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) Datuk Sri Mohd Shukri Abdull.
Mohd Jamidan said society could channel information on incidents of corruption to enable MACC to conduct investigation transparently and fairly.
“If we have enough information, we will immediately investigate because it is our work, so the issue that we don’t carry out our duty won’t arise. To date, we have 2,000 trained pesonnel to conduct investigations,” he said.
Earlier, 41 Grade P41 and 47 Superindendent Cadet Officers and Grade P29 Assistant Superintendent Cadet Officers completed their Series 18 and 19 of the MACC Officer Basic Course, which was compulsory for a new appointment.
“We hope all those who have completed the course today will go through the challenges as MACC officers well, other than giving their best service to win over society,” he said. – BERNAMA
PUTRAJAYA: An agriculture and agro-based industry ministry officer and a company director are the latest suspects to be detained over the misappropriation of funds of more than RM100mil.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director (investigations) Datuk Azam Baki said the suspects, aged 41 and 31, were nabbed at the MACC headquarters after being summoned to have their statements recorded on Wednesday.
He told Bernama that prior to this, the 41-year-old officer had worked at the youth and sports ministry before he was transferred to the agriculture and agro-based ministry, a month ago.
He said the suspects were remanded for seven days to shed light on the case.
In a related development, Azam said the remand of the main suspected mastermind and seven other people would be extended after their detention period ended Thursday.
Meanwhile, he said a woman, one of the suspects in the case, would be released on bail.
On Friday, the MACC detained nine people, including a youth and sports ministry division secretary who allegedly received about RM20mil in bribes.
The 56-year-old senior officer, together with eight other individuals, including a woman, were detained by MACC on suspicion of masterminding a syndicate to misappropriate government funds worth RM107 million.
PETALING JAYA: The statement of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will be taken as soon as all relevant documents and witness statements have been obtained, said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
In a statement on Wednesday, MACC investigations division director Datuk Azam Baki said that the MACC has already received eight complaints regarding Lim’s purchase of a two-storey bungalow at Pinhorn Road, Penang.
“To allow for the investigation to be carried out comprehensively, the MACC has called a number of witnesses and has acquired relevant documents,” said Azam.
Azam added that Lim’s statement will be taken once statements from witnesses are obtained
“It is also dependent on the situation after the documents obtained have been reviewed,” said Azam.
Regarding Lim’s commitment to give his full cooperation to MACC and his urging to expedite the probe, Azam said that Lim was free to come to the MACC office at any time to help with the investigation.
He also reaffirmed that the MACC would conduct the investigation independently and transparently as per previous cases.
Lim has been in the spotlight since Tasek Gelugor MP Datuk Shabudin Yahaya made the claim last week that Lim had purchased the bungalow last year for RM2.8mil when, according to him, the market value of the property was between RM6mil and RM6.5mil.
He has denied any wrongdoing and said the allegations by Shabudin linking the purchase of the house to the RM11mil sale of the 0.45ha plot in Taman Manggis in 2012 were “false and baseless”
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng does not see the need to go on leave while the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) conducts an investigation over his controversial RM2.8 million bungalow purchase.
“I do not see why I should go on leave over blatant, false allegations (hurled) against me.
“I leave it to the MACC to conduct an investigation and will press them to complete it speedily so that my name and that of the state government can be cleared.
“I have also stated my full co-operation to the MACC and hope there can be a fair, independent and professional investigation,” he said in a statement posted on his Facebook Wednesday.
According to media reports, Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru is among some quarters who suggested Lim take leave, pending an MACC investigation into the bungalow purchase.
On Monday, Penang PAS Youth also urged Lim to go on leave to ensure transparency and a swift investigation process.
Meanwhile, the chief minister said he had always conducted a clean administration of Penang, according to the Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT) principles.
He said the state government was justifiably proud of running a clean government free from corruption.
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