PUTRAJAYA: With the Sarawak elections looming, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission dismissed notions that its recent massive crackdown in Sabah and Sarawak is politically motivated.
The efforts were for the long-haul, with a mission to stop illegal logging and smuggling activities once and for all, said its deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Mustafar Ali.
“This is not a ‘seasonal move’. The term ‘seasonal’ does not exist in our books. It is not because there is an election coming, or that a new chief minister is in power, that we are doing these crackdowns for show.
“After conducting raids and arrests, we bring the case to the prosecutors. But it does not just end there.
“There are preventive measures that need to be done, so we can stop corruption all the way to its core. This is a continuous effort,” said Mustafar in an interview here yesterday.
Since Tan Sri Adenan Satem became Sarawak chief minister last year, he has waged war against illegal logging; a never-ending issue in the state for years.
Sarawak is expected to hold its elections next year.
After the arrests and the freezing of assets in Sabah and Sarawak, Mustafar said the commission had shifted its focus on prevention, which includes law reforms.
“Our focus now is to find out how illegal logging and smuggling can be so rampant.
The recent crackdown saw some 50 logging companies in Sarawak raided by MACC, with dozens of people being called up for investigations into illegal loggings.
Codenamed Ops Gergaji, the operations also saw hundreds of bank accounts to the tune of RM600mil frozen.
In Sabah, the commission in a multi-agency smuggling clampdown dubbed Ops BS froze thousands of bank accounts belonging to individuals and companies.