Anwar backs MACC probe into Bukit Mertajam factory


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  • Monday, 14 Aug 2017

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has given his backing to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in its investigation into an illegal factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu, Bukit Mertajam.  

The PKR de-facto leader, however, expressed concern that the move to obtain information by remanding state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh was "excessive".  

He said the actions taken by the MACC in other cases such as the Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd and the Sabah Water Department were welcomed.  

“As such, the MACC’s action was reasonable in the case of the illegal factory and resultant pollution in Sungai Lembu, Penang,” the imprisoned former deputy premier said in a statement on Monday.  

Earlier, the five-day remand order against Phee was set aside by the High Court.  

It was reported that the MACC is investigating two letters written in 2015 and 2016 asking that no action be taken against an illegal factory.  

The letters appear to have originated from Phee, directing the Seberang Prai Municipal Council to refrain from shutting down the carbon filter-processing factory which has been operating illegally for the past 10 years.  

It is understood that a third MPSP officer has also been summoned to give his statement.  

Meanwhile, Anwar, who is also Pakatan Harapan de facto leader, urged the Government to take stern action against those who disrupted Sunday's Nothing To Hide 2.0 forum.  

In a statement, Anwar said he fears such acts of violence would increase in the lead up to the 14th general election.  

“The Government is responsible in ensuring the right and freedom to convey one’s views are preserved, including those by Tun Mahathir,” he said.  

“We urge the Government to take stern action against the rabble-rousers,” Anwar added.  

The forum, which featured a no-holds barred session with former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Sunday, descended into disorder when a slipper, shoes, bottle, chairs and flares were flung into the crowd at the Dewan Raja Muda Musa hall in Shah Alam.

Three teenagers have been remanded over the incident.

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