Posts Tagged ‘MACC


Why probe Shafie now and not while he was in Umno, Dr Mahathir asks

Why probe Shafie now and not while he was in Umno, Dr Mahathir asks

PAKATAN Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad has questioned the timing of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Shafie Apdal’s arrest by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Dr Mahathir asked why MACC did not investigate Shafie while he was an Umno minister.

Speaking to the thousands of people at a PH ceramah outside Kedah Amanah headquarters in Alor Setar last night, Dr Mahathir said government apparatuses such as MACC would be used to “catch people”.

“Yesterday, Shafie was arrested, supposedly for corruption and misappropriation of funds. MACC also took his brothers and relatives.

“It is alleged that the misappropriation happened when he was the rural and regional development minister.

“Why didn’t they probe him when he was the minister? Why investigate him now? Because he is against Najib?” the former prime minister said.

Shafie was Umno vice-president when he was sacked from Najib’s cabinet in 2015, along with former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is now Bersatu president. Both paid the price for openly criticising and questioning Najib’s handling of the 1MDB scandal.

In late June last year, Shafie’s Umno membership was suspended and Muhyiddin and Mukhriz Mahathir, who were Umno deputy president and supreme council member, respectively, were sacked.

Shafie announced his resignation from the party in the following month and went on to form opposition party, Warisan in his home state of Sabah.

Dr Mahathir said despite the many reports of Prime Minister Najib Razak allegedly stealing money, and the discovery of RM2.6 billion in his account in 2013 shortly before the 13th general election, there was no investigation.

“Apandi said they checked and (found that) Najib did not do anything wrong. He said if you don’t believe, you can ask Najib,” he said, referring to Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali.

Apandi cleared Najib of any wrongdoing related to the RM2.6 billion “donation” from Saudi royalty and the 1Malaysia Development Bhd scandal.

“That is Najib’s law. You say you didn’t do it, you get off.

“When Shafie says he didn’t do it, he should be let off too. But he is still being probed,” Dr Mahathir said of the Sabah leader who is now under a four-day remand.

Why probe Shafie now and not while he was in Umno, Dr Mahathir asks
21 Oct 2017 – TMI


MACC chief, rakyat are watching you too

MACC chief, rakyat are watching you too

YOURSAY | ‘The claim that you are the people’s agency rings hollow.’

The people are watching, MACC boss tells Kit Siang

Aries46: MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad has reminded DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang that the people are watching him and the opposition.

Lim made a perfectly legitimate call on the vetting process for action on those implicated in the 1MDB heist since you publicly announced that only Umno had furnished its name list for vetting.

What is the purpose of submitting a name list to MACC unless it has the gumption to flag those complicit in high-level corruption and the 1MDB global scandal sticks out like a sore thumb?

Going further, where do you draw the line on alleged concealed high-level corruption by the ruling elites? Where is the credibility for MACC’s often trumpeted claim of independent status?

And how can MACC claim the moral high ground and play the national watchdog on corruption when it stands exposed and powerless to take on the elephant in the room?

Sans Prejudice: Indeed, it is the other way around, Dzulkifli. You, not the opposition, are actually under the rakyat’s microscope.

The claim that you are the “people’s agency” rings hollow because we didn’t put you there in the first place, did we?

The rakyat are clamouring for answers to what the Department of Justice (DOJ) described as the biggest kleptocracy case in the US.

With the humongous 1MDB elephant prancing in the room with the incriminating evidence of massive kleptocracy already registered and action taken by the foreign courts of law, there has not been even a squeaky response from MACC.

So how can you claim to be our agency even though we pay your wages? The day MACC becomes truly independent and transparent, only then can it claim to be the “people’s agency”. Right now, we have doubts about your loyalty.

Fair Play: Dzulkifli, how true. The rakyat is also watching closely how you fight and prevent crimes. Until the RM2.6 billion case is solved and all the alleged thieves are jailed, MACC will be found wanting.

On the other hand, Kit Siang is just an opposition MP and the alleged thieves are not members of DAP.

Kit Siang has already said this – show the public the names of those who are connected to 1MDB and who will be candidates for the 14th general election (GE14) and DAP would accede to your request.

Such a simple request and yet you could not consider it.

Fellow Malaysian: If MACC is impartial and truly independent from the government’s influence, scores of GE14 candidates from BN-Umno would have been rejected from standing for the reason of being linked to the 1MDB heist alone.

Of course, top on the list is Malaysian Official 1 (MO1).

Dzulkifli ought to issue another challenge to charge Kit Siang for saying that 90 percent of the rakyat would consider MACC to be the tool of the Prime Minister’s Department if an opinion poll were held.

Abasir: “The rakyat are watching”? Big deal. The rakyat have been watching Najib and all those named in the 1MDB heist. Nothing’s happened. Why?

Because the MACC has not been watching but instead looked the other way.

MACC chief, rakyat are watching you too
2 Oct 2017 – Malaysiakini


DOE found no pollution at illegal factory in Penang

Phee reveals minutes, DOE found no pollution at illegal factory

Penang executive councillor Phee Boon Poh revealed that the Department of Environment (DOE) found no pollution at the unlicensed factory in Kampung Sungai Lembu, Bukit Mertajam, in 2015.

At a press conference in Komtar today, Phee distributed minutes of a meeting which took place on May 6, 2015, at the Seberang Perai Municipal Council to back his claim.

PKR Penanti assemblyperson Norlela Ariffin, who raised complaints from residents over environmental pollution, attended the May 6 meeting.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was at the press conference with Phee, said the state executive council at its weekly meeting today approved that the minutes be declassified for the media.

“The DOE found no pollution as barriers were erected at the top of the factory to prevent the release of smoke and ash from the factory,” Phee said.

“The DOE said it can support the factory if there were safety devices and the burning was done in a closed environment,” he added.

Phee said the factory owner had to obtain a license from the MPSP while DOE would see to additional conditions including sustainability of the site.

Phee, and the owners of the factory were arrested by the MACC on Aug 10.

Phee had issued letters to the MPSP to halt action against the factory as the state was finding a solution to resolve cases of illegal premises, businesses and places of worship.

Phee reveals minutes, DOE found no pollution at illegal factory
22 Aug 2017 – malaysiakini


Is MACC bold enough to go after 1MDB?

Is MACC bold enough to go after 1MDB?

Dr Dzul of Amanah says he doubts it, but he commends the agency for arresting Isa Samad.

KUALA LUMPUR: Amanah chief strategist Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad has voiced doubt that the government will allow the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to step up investigations into the 1MDB affair and make arrests that are more spectacular than this week’s detention of former Felda chairman Isa Samad.

He commended MACC for Isa’s arrest and noted that Umno leaders “wasted no time to blow their trumpet” in claiming that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration was serious about tackling corruption.

“But will MACC be allowed to step up investigations and apprehend top ranking officials allegedly involved in the misappropriation or plundering of funds from 1MDB and its subsidiary, SRC International Sdn Bhd?” he asked.

Nevertheless, he said, Isa’s arrest showed that MACC had become bolder. It must now ensure that charges would be pressed if warranted, he added.

Isa was placed under arrest on Tuesday, when he went to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya to give a statement pertaining to the 2014 purchase of a London hotel by Felda Investment Corporation (FIC).

MACC opened its investigation into the purchase last month. The hotel, located in the borough of Kensington, was allegedly bought at a price much higher than the market value. This was said to have caused the Felda subsidiary to suffer millions of ringgit in losses.

MACC is also investigating FIC’s purchase of a hotel in Kuching as a follow up on its probe into the London deal.

Is MACC bold enough to go after 1MDB?
August 18, 2017 – FMT


FGV must explain ‘ridiculous deals’ allegation by CEO

FGV must explain ‘ridiculous deals’ allegation by CEO

Failure of FGVH chairman Isa Samad to explain scandalous allegations will expose himself to same violation under which the president-CEO was suspended.COMMENT

By Tony Pua

The Board of Directors of Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGVH) has suspended both the chief executive officer (CEO) Zakaria Arshad and the chief financial officer (CFO) Ahmad Tilfi Mohd Talha pending internal audit investigations over purported irregularities in payments made by a subsidiary company.

Until such a time where there is greater clarity on what the purported irregularities are, Malaysians can give the Board of Directors the initial benefit of the doubt as we are sick of hearing cases of misappropriation and corruption in government-linked companies (GLCs) which never get investigated or with the perpetrators never getting prosecuted.

However, what is most shocking is the revelation by the suspended CEO that he was being punished for attempting to block “ridiculous deals” from being approved by the Board of Directors.

Among the investments, he said, were plans for a £100 million (RM551 million) expansion of Felda Cambridge Nanosystems Ltd, a nano carbon company, which had already lost RM117 million in the last three to four years.

“Now they (the FGV board) want to expand, they need another £100 million. To me this is ridiculous, we’re a plantation company,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.

Another investment, Zakaria said, was the plan to spend RM300 million to acquire a 30% stake in a creamer factory, owned by a company primarily involved in making cans.

“Why do I want to put RM300 million for a non-core business? They also overruled, even though exco already said no-go but the investment was given the go-ahead,” he said.

More frighteningly, Zakaria also revealed direct interference by the Board in FGVH to award directly negotiated contracts without tender which he had wanted to stamp out since he was appointed just over a year ago in April 2016.

These are shocking revelations, which to a certain extent explains how purportedly the largest plantation company in the world saw its profits plunge dramatically from RM982 million in 2013 to RM325 million, RM182 million and RM31 million in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively.

The above doesn’t yet take into account the botched US$680 million (RM2.9 billion) acquisition of a 37% stake in Eagle High Plantations at an astronomical price which FGVH could in no way afford.

Based on the latest financial statement in March 2017, FGVH has only RM1.8 billion in cash left while it has to service loans and borrowings exceeding RM4 billion.

FGV must explain ‘ridiculous deals’ allegation by CEO
June 7, 2017 – FMT


MACC already traced 1MDB funds to ‘individual close to PAS’

Rafizi: MACC already traced 1MDB funds to ‘individual close to PAS’

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has already traced the flow of funds from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal account to an individual close to PAS.

This was a result of the MACC’s investigations into 1MDB funds which had purportedly been transferred into Najib’s account, he said.

“I would like to inform the rakyat that the MACC has already investigated the flow of funds from the accounts related to the 1MDB funds transferred to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal account.

“From that investigation, they traced a flow of funds to an individual close to PAS leadership,” Rafizi said in a statement today.

As such, he said, there is no need for him to immediately submit his evidence to MACC.

He will reveal the identity of this person in the next few weeks, he said, before he lodges an MACC report.

He was responding to PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan, who told the Pandan lawmaker to file a report with the MACC if he has evidence on the matter.

Rafizi had earlier claimed to have evidence that an individual close to PAS had received 1MDB funds, from Najib’s personal bank accounts.

Once he reveals the identity of this individual, he said both Umno and PAS will have to deal with the fallout.

“Umno leadership will once again struggle with interfering in the justice administration of the country, if the attorney-general closes the case again even though the investigation papers are completed and evidence has been collected by the MACC.

“PAS leadership at every level will have to check whether they have ever received any form of financial aid, donation, charity or funding for whatever purpost from the leader I named, because there is a huge possibility that fund came from the rakyat through 1MDB.

“As a party that claims to champion Islam, PAS needs to be even more careful than any other party about the origins of their funding to avoid sources deemed “syubhah” (dubious),” Rafizi said.

Rafizi: MACC already traced 1MDB funds to ‘individual close to PAS’
7 April 2017 – malaysiakini


Former Felda top officers charged in RM47.6m CBT case

Former Felda top officers charged in RM47.6m CBT case

Two former top officers at the Federal Land Authority (Felda) were today charged with criminal breach of trust involving RM47.6 million in 2014.

Former Felda deputy general manager Muhammad Sufi Mahbub was charged with two counts of criminal breach of trust while former Felda general manager Faizoull Ahmad was charged with two counts of abetting Muhammad Sufi.

They were allowed bail of RM1 million each in one surety and were ordered to surrender their passports.

Both the accused posted bail of RM500,000 each and will post the rest before March 22, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said in a statement.

Muhammad Sufi, who was in charge of strategic management, is accused of approving a payment of RM25.999 million without approval of the Felda board or tender committee.

He is charged with committing the offence between Jan 13 and Jan 24, 2014 at Wisma Lembaga Tanah Persekutuan at Jalan Perumahan Gurney, Kuala Lumpur.

He was also charged with approving an additional payment of RM21.63 million without board or tender committee approval.

Former Felda top officers charged in RM47.6m CBT case
1 Mar 2017 – Malaysiakini

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All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

- Edmund Burke
When the people
fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

- Thomas Jefferson
Do you hear the people sing?