Felcra, Risda hog limelight in graft probe

  • Nation
  • Monday, 15 Dec 2003

THE Anti-Corruption Agency's probe into alleged graft involving RM86mil in Felcra Bhd and Risda were front-page leads in Mingguan Malaysia and Berita Minggu

Mingguan quoted ACA de-puty director-general I Datuk Mohd Zawawi Mohd Nordin as saying that investigations into the claims had just started. 

He confirmed that ACA officers had seized documents involving the issuing of tenders by the agencies, adding that the scam could be an “inside job”. 

(On Friday, Berita Harian reported that the ACA was investigating the issuing of tenders worth RM72mil in Felcra while the alleged graft in Risda involved RM14mil of the commercial re-investment fund.) 

Berita Minggu learnt that investigations into Felcra started after the ACA received information on the supply of fertilisers for use in farms managed by the agency throughout the year. 

It quoted sources as saying that a Sarawak-based company obtained the tender worth RM72mil to supply fertilisers from Germany but instead acquired cheaper supplies from China. 

On Risda, it said the ACA acted on information received in August about a purported distribution of its commercial re-investment fund. 

Berita Minggu reported that the Housing and Local Government Ministry had opposed a proposal by the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to allow contributors to withdraw their savings to buy a second house. 

Deputy Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui said allowing such withdrawals would create a speculative market that could affect house prices. 

“It will provide opportunities for property investors. It will only make it more difficult for the Government to provide adequate housing for the people. 

“This proposal will only encourage those with a lot of money to buy houses and sell them.” 

Chin said the EPF must consider the proposal carefully including its impact on the housing sector. 

He said the Government would only back the proposal if it sees a trend for family members to expand, requiring them to buy and move into larger homes.  

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