Ministry: Let ACA probe case

  • Nation
  • Friday, 08 Aug 2003


SHAH ALAM: The Entrepreneur Development Ministry has left it to the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to investigate allegations that a senior officer from the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board had issued 6,000 permits to one person. 

The ministry would not conduct its own probe since the ACA would be taking charge of the investigation, its deputy minister, Datuk Khalid Yunus, told reporters after opening a small and medium-scale industry convention at a hotel here yesterday. 

On Wednesday, four members of the Limousine and Taxi Operators’ Association went to the ACA office in Putrajaya to lodge a report on the alleged abuse of power by the board's officer. 

This followed claims by Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz that the association had collected processing fees for 5,000 permits worth RM50,000 but had applied for only 3,000 and paid the ministry RM39,000. 

The association's president, Yusoff Lahir, has denied allegations that it had withheld any money in payment of taxi permits. 

Khalid said it was up to the ACA to find out the truth. 

He also refused to comment on the association's allegations against the board. 

“We will help the ACA with its investigation. The truth will prevail. 

“We will wait for the outcome of the investigation,” he added. 

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