SEREMBAN: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has clarified that its probe into the awarding of a timber concession in Lenggeng near here has nothing to do with the Negri Sembilan Foundation (YNS) as claimed by certain quarters.
State director Mohamad Zakkuan Talib said the concession was actually awarded to another company, which had no links with YNS in 2013.
"As stated earlier by the MACC, we are not only investigating the Lenggeng timber concession but are also probing all other concessions involving YNS since 2014, ” said Mohamad Zakkuan.
"We need to investigate to see if there is any element of corruption or abuse of power which has adversely affected the water catchment ecosystem and the roads in the area. We hope all parties are clear on this," he added in a statement on Friday (April 23).
Mohamad Zakkuan expressed hope that the public would stop speculating as investigations were still ongoing.
On Thursday (April 22), Mohd Zakkuan said preliminary investigations have revealed that the timber concession given to YNS started in 2014 with 2,500ha allocated to it every year.
Prior to this, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said the MACC was more than welcome to probe claims of power abuse on the awarding of a timber concession in Lenggeng.
He said the state government will cooperate with the MACC on the matter.
Seremban Umno Youth chief Zool Amali Hussain had urged the state government to stop logging activities in Lenggeng, saying this was detrimental to the ecosystem and could affect water catchment areas.
Claims were also made by other parties on social media that the exercise did not follow stipulated procedures.