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Graft probe not political witch-hunt

13th October, 2017

By NAZRINI BADARUN

SEMPORNA: An ongoing graft probe into the alleged corruption in the implementation of rural poor projects is not a political witch-hunt, Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency (MACC) Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad said.

Dismissing claims by Parti Warisan Sabah that the probe was politically motivated, he said that the investigations was about possible corruption and abuse of power that had nothing to do with targeting any particular party or person.

“We are not investigating a political party. We are investigating any misuse or abuse of government funds meant to benefit the people.

“Our arrests does not target any specific people, we also have arrested people from Warisan and also Umno among others,” he told reporters after he visited the water treatment plant project at Kg Sungai Intan here that probe in their investigations on the alleged abuse of power and corrupt practices in the implementation of projects by the Rural and Regional Development Ministry between 2009 and 2015.

Asked if the former minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal would be called in or arrested, Dzulkifli said whoever was needed or involved in their probe would be called in.

“We will call all in due course,” he said when asked if more relatives including other brothers of Shafie.

He said so far more than 45 people have been called questioned and if needed, they will arrest. He said they were looking at over 70 rural development projects in Sabah.

Investigators suspect that some RM1.5bil might have been siphoned out through a network of companies given the projects.

On the water treatment plant in Kg Sungai Intan, he said that it was a reflection of government funds failing to benefit the people.

“The project is completed but it is not able to function,” he said.

He said the people in the area had been waiting for 30 years for piped water but now they still have to rely on a well which they dug, with water supplied every two or three days.

“As a government agency, MACC wants to ensure that all projects are implemented with honesty and integrity. If anyone abuses their power or commits corrupt practices, we will act against them,” he said.

Dzulkifli said that they were duty bound to act against those involved in corrupt practices that affected government projects for the benefit of the people.

“The people become losers by the actions of these people given the task to implement the projects,” he added.

   
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