Di­rec­tor in cor­rup­tion scan­dal skips work

> Not de­ter­mined whether he has been sacked or sus­pended

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ASH­WIN KU­MAR AND TIM­O­THY ACHARIAM

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Wa­ter Depart­ment (SWD) di­rec­tor at the cen­tre of the na­tion’s big­gest cor­rup­tion scan­dal did not go back to work yes­ter­day, con­trary to re­ports.

A source from the depart­ment told theSun that di­rec­tor Ag Tahir Ag Talib was not at work and was not sure when he would re­turn.

The di­rec­tor was re­leased on bail by the Malaysian An­ti­Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into cor­rup­tion and abuse of power in­volv­ing RM3.3 bil­lion.

The bail was set at RM500,000 in two sureties.

He was also or­dered to re­port to the Sabah MACC ev­ery month.

How­ever, it has not been made clear by any party or author­ity whether the di­rec­tor has been sus­pended or sacked.

It was re­ported ear­lier that Sabah MACC di­rec­tor Datuk Sha­harom Nizam Ab­dul Manap had said it was up to the state agencies con­cerned to de­cide on the type of ac­tion to be taken against those un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He did rec­om­mend that civil ser­vants in­volved in such cases be asked to take a “rest or leave” while the in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

The di­rec­tor and his deputy are al­leged to have taken kick­backs and are also al­legedly in­volved in money laun­der­ing in­volv­ing fed­eral projects worth RM3.3 bil­lion which were dis­bursed to com­pa­nies un­der their si­b­lings’ names.

MACC had seized some RM53.7 mil­lion in cash from houses and of­fices of the depart­ment di­rec­tor and his deputy.

Mean­while, SWD deputy di­rec­tor Teoh Chee Kong and two oth­ers were also re­leased on bail as in­ves­ti­ga­tions on the case con­tin­ues.

They were re­leased be­fore mag­is­trate Stephanie Sher­ron Abie, who set bail at RM500,000 in two sureties for the deputy and his busi­ness­man brother, who is a Datuk.

The busi­ness­man’s ac­coun­tant was re­leased on bail of RM50,000 in two sureties.

To date, the MACC has recorded state­ments from over 80 wit­nesses re­gard­ing the case.

Two of the sus­pects who were re­leased on bail yes­ter­day.

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