Anthony puzzled as to why focus continues on old issue

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 13 Jan 2018

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Wari­san Sabah vice-president Peter Anthony (pic), who is under probe over a RM155mil land deal in Sabah’s central Tongod district, is puzzled as to why focus is conti­nually given to an issue that was already probed.

Freed on a RM55,000 bail in one local surety after his seven-­day remand ended yesterday, Anthony said police had cleared him over the aborted 2014 land deal with Rubber Industry Small­holders Develop­ment Authority (Risda).

“I’ve given my statement to the police previously and was even cleared by the courts in a civil case. I am not involved in the civil case.

“I don’t know why I am investigated on this. It is a civil case,” he said at a private hospital here.

Anthony is being investigated for a corruption case involving a RM155mil land deal which was aborted but a 10% or RM15mil deposit was not returned to Risda which is now the centre of the probe.

Lawyer Michael Persius Ubu, whose legal firm acted for Risda, is also being sought by the MACC. He has yet to surrender himself and is believed to be overseas.

Anthony, a close ally and friend of Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, was allowed bail by magistrate Afiq Agoes and was immediately taken to the private hospital for treatment of an undisclosed medical condition.