MACC may probe flood mitigation project approval claim

KOTA BARU: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will look into reports about the alleged approval of a flood mitigation project given after the dissolution of Parliament.

Chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki (pic) said his team had taken note of the information – whether via a face-to-face report or through the media – and would consider if there is a basis for an investigation.

“If the allegations are substantiated, we will conduct further investigations.

“For now, we will wait and see,” he told reporters after an investiture ceremony in conjunction with Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V’s 53rd birthday celebration here yesterday.

It was reported that Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had challenged PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli to lodge a report with the MACC over the alleged granting of a RM2bil flood mitigation project via direct negotiation.

Asked if the MACC would summon Rafizi to give a statement, Azam said: “I cannot make a decision now because as far as I know, the denial has already been issued by Tuan Ibrahim and a demand letter has already been sent to Rafizi.“But we welcome Rafizi or any party to come forward and provide information because this is our duty,” he said according to Bernama.

At the same event, Tuan Ibrahim said he was prepared to cooperate with the MACC and police if called to give a statement.

“The project is a government plan approved by the Finance Ministry. The letter of acceptance has not been issued and no company can claim that it owns the project.“If it is true that there has been abuse of power or corruption, please lodge a report with the MACC and the police to enable an investigation to be carried out,” he said.

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