MACC to continue probe into sand mining scandal

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  • Saturday, 25 Feb 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission will continue to investigate the Selangor sand mining scandal implicating two PKR assemblymen.

MACC investigations director Datuk Mustafar Ali said officers from its Putrajaya headquarters had been directed to look into several aspects as pointed out by the Operation Evaluation Panel (OEP).

On Thursday, OEP chairman Tan Sri Dr Hadenan Abdul Jalil said investigations into the issue involving Seri Muda assemblyman Shuhaimi Shafie and Batu Caves assemblyman Amirudin Shari were ongoing.

Dr Hadenan said the panel had agreed that the case should be reviewed by the MACC’s legal and prosecution division and for the commission to gather more evidence.

The sand mining issue was highlighted recently by blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who revealed that the two PKR leaders were listed as directors of the firm implicated in the sand mining operations.

In Alor Setar, Bernama reported Kedah MACC director Mohamad Yusoff Akope as saying it had detained 14 civil servants and eight civilians for corruption last year.

He said the arrests were made after 38 investigation papers were opened based on 823 pieces of information.

The state’s proximity to the border was also a factor why civil servants were easily bribed by civilians as an incentive for them to be let off for various offences, he said yesterday.

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