MACC officers out to catch sand thieves in Selangor

THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) is waiting to nab sand thieves in Rawang, Kuala Langat and Semenyih.

MACC officers visited the sand-extracting site near Bandar Country Homes in Rawang to monitor the situation on Friday.

Besides Rawang, the officers are also keeping close tabs on other sites in Kuala Langat and Semenyih where sand thieves are believed to be operating.

After a report on sand-mining activity in Rawang, the Gombak Land Office set up two tents and stationed 13 men and two vehicles at Bandar Country Homes.

At the site, a huge pile of sand, a dredger, a washing area and an excavator were seen next to the tents.

According to an official from the Gombak Land Office, when they arrived all the workers were gone.

“Only a pile of sand and equipment were left behind.

“This is state land and the culprits have applied to the land office for a farming project but their application was rejected,’’ he said.

A pump for extracting sand from the bottom of a pond and an excavator were found at the site

Resident G. Guna said lorries had not been coming out of the area and believed that the sand was delivered to a project nearby.

In Kuala Langat, there is a huge area dug up by Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd, which is the only company licensed to mine sand.

Kumpulan Semesta could not be reached for comments.

Sources revealed that the quarry is believed to be worth more than RM100mil but the state only received 10% of the money.

StarMetro reported on April 2 that the state received RM10.98mil in 2010 from Kumpulan Semesta for the sand sold in nine districts in Selangor.

In July 2010, Sri Muda assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei and Batu Caves assemblyman Amirudin Shari were questioned by MACC for allegedly being involved in sand-mining activities.

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