Taib Mahmud being investigated, says MACC

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Jun 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed that it is currently investigating Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud over allegation of timber corruption.

Its commissioner Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed said MACC was in the process of gathering more information regarding the matter.

"As I said earlier, we are investigating Taib Mahmud and whatever our action is, we cannot reveal at this moment," he told reporters at Sime Darby Bhd's signing and handing over of its corporate integrity pledge to the MACC, here Thursday.

Abu Kassim was responding to a question on whether the MACC was looking at carrying out a similar action as the Swiss Anti-Corruption Agency, which recently froze the assets of Taib Mahmud over the allegation of timber corruption.

According to a foreign news report, the Swiss Federation president Micheline Calmy-Rey was reported to be aware of the allegations and had forwarded the information about Taib's assets in Switzerland to its regulatory body FINMA (the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority) for investigation.

On monitoring mega projects, Abu Kassim said the MACC would continuously monitor these projects from time to time.

"Our responsibility is to monitor whatever project from time to time. I cannot say which project but it is our job to monitor and prevent corruption in the Government," he said when asked whether the MACC had identified other mega projects.

So far, MACC is expected to monitor three mega projects, namely the 100-storey Warisan Merdeka Tower which will cost RM5bil; the RM36 bil mass rapid transit (MRT) system and Bukit Bintang City Centre (BBCC) project, expected to cost RM6.7bil. - Bernama

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Nation

If there are calls, I am open to being PM for a third time, says Dr M
Zahid: Opposition delirious for taking credit for political stability
Man held after smashing car window to steal flour
Cops arrest two, seize RM2mil worth of ciggies in Kota Tinggi smuggling bust
Sukma 2022: Johor hits top of medal tally
Cops probe rally outside KL shopping complex
Over RM1.2bil allocated for rural roads, says Mahdzir
Increase in demand for domestic tourism, says Tourism Malaysia
GE15: PBM to only contest seats held by elected reps, says Zuraida
MAHB apologises for flood at Penang International Airport

Others Also Read