Na­jib, 2 ex-min­is­ters, ex-deputy min­is­ter, MP to be charged soon

The cases re­port­edly in­volve pro­jects worth bil­lions of ring­git

New Straits Times - - FRONT PAGE - ILAH HAFIZ AZIZ KUALA LUMPUR il­lah­hafiz.ab­du­laziz@bh.com.my

DATUK Seri Na­jib Razak, two for­mer min­is­ters and a for­mer deputy min­is­ter will soon be charged with graft and abuse of power over pro­jects in­volv­ing bil­lions of ring­git.

Also ex­pected to be charged are a for­mer spe­cial of­fi­cer to Na­jib and a mem­ber of par­lia­ment.

The for­mer min­is­ters and spe­cial of­fi­cer are ex­pected to be charged next week, while in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the oth­ers are on­go­ing.

Berita Har­ian, in an exclusive re­port, said all six in­di­vid­u­als had their state­ments recorded.

Some had been charged in court for other cases.

It is be­lieved that Na­jib, a for­mer min­is­ter and the for­mer spe­cial of­fi­cer were in­volved in a project to sup­ply and in­stall so­lar pan­els at 369 schools in Sarawak at a cost of RM1.25 bil­lion.

The Sarawak Re­port por­tal re­vealed in Jan­uary last year that the project was awarded to a ve­hi­cle rental com­pany in Bin­tulu.

The news por­tal pub­lished sev­eral let­ters pur­port­edly signed by Na­jib, which in­structed the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry to award the project and make pay­ments to the com­pany di­rectly de­spite the firm not ful­fill­ing the con­tract terms and con­di­tions.

In July, a spe­cial of­fi­cer to Na­jib was re­manded to as­sist in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

In Oc­to­ber, for­mer ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid was ques­tioned for five hours by MACC.

BH was in­formed that an­other for­mer min­is­ter was con­nected to a case in­volv­ing the sale of land by Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

Ear­lier, it was re­ported that a task force set up by the Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries Min­istry and MACC had in­ves­ti­gated the case in­volv­ing 97 du­bi­ous trans­ac­tions in con­nec­tion with the sale of 273.27ha of DBKL land worth RM5.63 bil­lion.

Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries Min­is­ter Khalid Ab­dul Sa­mad said 43 trans­ac­tions were al­lowed to re­sume, 23 were rene­go­ti­ated, 20 in­ves­ti­gated by MACC, 10 can­celled and one was taken to court by the de­vel­oper.

Five of the 43 trans­ac­tions were sold at a lower-than-ac­tual price, but the task force al­lowed the trans­ac­tions to go on as they in­volved the con­struc­tion of Rumah Mampu Mi­lik Wi­layah Perseku­tuan homes.

Last month, for­mer fed­eral ter­ri­to­ries min­is­ter Datuk Seri Tengku Ad­nan Tengku Man­sor said he was sum­moned by MACC for more than 12 times to as­sist in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the DBKL case.

He re­port­edly said he was not in­volved in land mat­ters as they were handed to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment af­ter he took of­fice in 2013.

The case in­volv­ing a for­mer deputy min­is­ter is be­lieved to be con­nected to the mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of RM25 mil­lion un­der the Na­tional Film De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

BH found that the MP, who was for­mer chair­man of a govern­ment-linked agency, would be charged with re­ceiv­ing kick­backs from sev­eral govern­ment pro­jects.

Among the pro­jects were the con­struc­tion of the 316km West Coast Ex­press­way, the pur­chase of am­bu­lances by the Health Min­istry and road up­grades in the penin­sula.

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