Clos­ing one eye not good enough

The MACC may be­gin pe­nal­is­ing civil ser­vants who fail to re­port in­ci­dences of graft, whether in­volv­ing them­selves or their col­leagues. This, says the MACC, is to keep cor­rup­tion out of the pub­lic de­liv­ery sys­tem, which has been bogged down by ap­a­thy to­war

New Straits Times - - Front Page -

RE­PORT BY HARIZ MOHD ON PAGE 3

GE­ORGE TOWN: A “to­tal re­vamp” of Penang Zakat may be on the cards in the wake of Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds and crim­i­nal breach of trust by its of­fi­cers.

State Is­lamic Re­li­gious Af­fairs Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Ab­dul Ma­lik Abul Kas­sim said, how­ever, that this was “still too early” to be de­ter­mined.

“We do not want to jump the gun, but it is a pos­si­bil­ity.

“Nec­es­sary ac­tions, in­ter­nal au­dits or dis­ci­plinary ac­tions will be taken de­pend­ing on the sever­ity of the case.

“We will wait for the out­come of the MACC in­ves­ti­ga­tions be­fore de­cid­ing,” he said in Kom­tar yes­ter­day.

As in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue, MACC is look­ing for more con­trac­tors to put the pieces of the case to­gether.

Sources told the New Straits Times that a num­ber of con­trac­tors had been sum­moned to the MACC of­fice here for their state­ments to be recorded.

“These con­trac­tors worked with the of­fi­cers who had been de­tained by MACC re­cently.

“They are not di­rectly in­volved with the case, but they have worked to­gether and played a small part in the projects be­tween Penang Zakat and the con­trac­tors de­tained.

“So, their state­ments will be taken to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” said one source.

To date, four Penang Zakat of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing its chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, aged be­tween 30 and 50, have been de­tained.

Eight con­trac­tors, aged be­tween 41 and 52, were also ar­rested.

The 12 have been re­manded un­til to­mor­row, and the case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der sec­tions 17(a), 17(b) and 23 of the MACC Act 2009.

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PIC BY SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL

Penang Is­lamic Re­li­gious Af­fairs Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Ab­dul Ma­lik Abul Kas­sim speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence in Ge­orge Town yes­ter­day.

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