MACC report lodged against new village development officer in Perak

IPOH: A report has been lodged with the Perak Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against a new village development officer over alleged abuse of power.

Perak Youth Assembly Malim Nawar representative Wong Chin Ho claimed that the officer did not call for tenders for maintenance projects in several villages and only had a quotation from one company.

"This irked new village committees and villagers as they do not know the company named by the officer," he claimed.

He also alleged that the officer concerned put pressure on new village committees concerned to support the company to execute the projects.

Wong, who is also Perak MCA executive secretary, said the report was lodged with the MACC on July 9.

"An independent commissioner should be appointed to review and investigate companies that have obtained multiple projects.

"Quarterly reports on the progress of projects approved for new villages in Perak should also be publicised," he said, adding that there should be avenues for whistleblowers to report problems in Perak new villages.

Wong said there were a lot of issues faced by the villagers amid the Covid-19 pandemic and all development officers or appointed representatives should play their role responsibly.

He also urged the Housing and Local Government Ministry not to adopt a wait-and-see attitude on issues faced by the new villages and to make regular visits.

When contacted, Perak MACC director Datuk Mohd Fauzi Mohamad said initial investigations into the matter would start soon.

"We will be calling the complainant if we need further information," he said.

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