MACC calls 45 in Sabah ru­ral de­vel­op­ment fund probe

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SEMPORNA: The Malaysian Anti- Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion has called 45 peo­ple in­clud­ing seven, cur­rently un­der re­mand, to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions into mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of ru­ral in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment funds in Sabah in­volv­ing RM1.5 bil­lion.

Its chief com­mis­sioner Tan Sri Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad said MACC would be call­ing more peo­ple soon.

“We will call all those in­volved and any­one who could as­sist us in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion as this is­sue ap­pears to in­volve more than 70 projects amount­ing to RM1.5 bil­lion.

“There will be more ar­rests, just give MACC time,” he told re­porters af­ter vis­it­ing the Sun­gai In­tan water treat­ment plant here yes­ter­day.

On his visit to the plant, he said MACC as foster fam­ily to Kam­pung Sun­gai In­tan was dis­ap­pointed that the project which the vil­lagers had been an­tic­i­pat­ing for 30 years failed to func­tion due to in­suf­fi­cient water.

“The res­i­dents are forced to de­pend on well water and only re­ceive treated water once or twice a week,” he said.

The Sun­gai In­tan treat­ment plant which was up­graded and com­pleted last year is among the 70 projects be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by MACC.

Aside from the treat­ment plant, Dzulk­ilfi said other projects in Semporna were also be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Mean­while, he dis­missed fears that MACC’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions were po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.

Com­ment­ing on the state­ment by Parti Warisan Sabah vice pres­i­dent Junz Wong that the party was ready to be in­ves­ti­gated by the MACC, he stressed that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was about abuse of power and cor­rup­tion re­lated to fed­eral funds for ru­ral de­vel­op­ment in Sabah.

“Not all those we de­tained are Parti Warisan Sabah mem­bers.

MACC’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion is based on state­ments ob­tained,” he said.

To date, MACC has de­tained seven in­di­vid­u­als com­pris­ing four politi­cians, two con­trac­tors and a fed­eral min­istry of­fi­cial.

“Aside from Sabah, other states are also un­der MACC’s scru­tiny,” said Dzulk­i­fli. — Ber­nama

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