SEREMBAN: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has been urged to be thorough and transparent in its probe into alleged wrongdoing in the awarding of a 2,000ha timber concession by the Negri Sembilan Foundation (YNS).
State executive councillor and foundation director Datuk Dr Mohamad Rafie Ab Malek said this was important as a high-ranking MACC officer and the state government had been implicated.
He said the MACC needed to get to the bottom of the case quickly to protect its image as well as that of the state government.
‘The allegations of power abuse and corruption are serious. The state government will give its fullest cooperation to the MACC as we cannot allow our credibility to be questioned, ” he said at his office here yesterday.
MACC officers had recorded a statement by Mohamad Rafie on the issue.
The state exco member in charge of education, industrialisation, investments, education, entrepreneurship and human capital, said several YNS directors had also been interviewed.
These include Seri Tanjung assemblyman Datuk M. Ravi and Lobak assemblyman Chew Seh Yong.
Mohamad Rafie claimed the MACC did not investigate the matter although two people lodged reports on Sept 18 last year and April 15,2021.
He said it was alleged that an individual holding a senior position in Negri Sembilan PKR and given an important position in YNS last year had abused his rank to award the tender to certain bidders.
“It has since been alleged that the individual is related to the senior high-ranking MACC officer, and investigations into the alleged wrongdoings only started after the second report was made, ” he added.
Asked if the logging had started, Mohamad Rafie said as far as he knew, it had not.
On April 23, MACC state director Mohamad Zakkuan Talib said they were probing all timber concessions involving YNS since 2014.
A day earlier, he said preliminary investigations revealed the timber concession was given to YNS in 2014 with 2,500ha allocated to it every year.
He also urged the public to stop speculating on the case as investigations are ongoing.