Friday, May 15, 2015

More S'wak politicians may be nabbed, says MACC

8:00AM May 15, 2015
By Hafiz Yatim
More Sarawak politicians may be called in for investigations or have had their accounts frozen, says the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

A spokesperson for the MACC confirmed with Malaysiakini that besides the single state assemblyperson whose accounts had been frozen, there may be other politicians implicated.

He declined to confirm if these Sarawak politicians are also state assemblypersons.

“However, there is a possibility that some of the accounts which are frozen could be from more than one politician, ie besides the state assemblyperson announced earlier,” the MACC source added.

Malaysiakini has learnt from other sources that several assemblypersons are being probed by the anti-graft body under a statewide swoop against corruption and illegal logging involving 405 bank accounts, codenamed Operasi Gergaji.

However, Malaysiakini is withholding their names as it remains to be seen whether those on the list would be charged.

MACC director of investigations Mohamad Jamidan Abdullah on Wednesday revealed that it had frozen the bank accounts of a state assistant minister who had RM4 million in deposits.

Although MACC did not name the assistant minister, it said the person was involved in the construction of the 16-storey Baitul Makmur II building worth RM250 million in Kuching.

RM1mil logs seized

“Thirty company and individual accounts, including that of a state assemblyperson, had been frozen. All accounts have deposits amounting to RM600 million.

“Investigations are under Section 17(a) and 17(b) of the MACC Act 2009 and Section 4(1) of the Anti Money Laundering and Anti Terrorism Financing Act 2001,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

The MACC added as of yesterday it has seized 1,570 logs worth RM1 million.

In the statement, anti-corruption body said so far, it had called in 14 people, including directors and company managers, following raids at sawmills and log ponds.

These individuals have had their statements recorded to assist investigations on corruption, illegal logging and felling, and tax evasion.

~ Malaysiakini

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