Thursday 31 May 2012

Probes against Taib, Musa 'yet to be resolved'

Corruption investigations involving chief ministers Abdul Taib Mahmud and Musa Aman have yet to be resolved, said high-powered Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) operations review panel chief Hadenan Abdul Jalil.

NONE“They (MACC) have not completed the case. If (the cases) have been closed at least I could have announced it today,” he said.

However, as the investigation papers have yet to be submitted, Hadenan said the files were still open.

Taib (right), who the country’s longest-serving chief minister, has been accused of power abuse and corruption. Several reports had been lodged against him but the MACC has been tight-lipped about its investigation.

Last year, MACC chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed admitted to digging into corruption allegations against the Sarawak chief minister, particularly concerning logging concessions in the state.

Besides the MACC, a financial regulatory body in Switzerland is also investigating claims of illegal assets linked to Taib kept in Swiss bank accounts.

Allegations against Musa, on the other hand, also involve his brother and Foreign Minister Anifah Aman .

According to NGO Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), Musa is being investigated by Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for allegedly having laundered over US$90 million (RM276 million) in timber corruption money through UBS bank accounts in Hong Kong and Switzerland.

Musa has however denied the reports, calling them “recycled allegations”, while UBS has refused to comment.

NONEWhistleblower website Sarawak Report had claimed to have in its possession MACC documents showing its investigators had concluded that Musa had illegally issued timber licences to his brother worth tens of millions of ringgit.

On another matter, Hadenan said that they have yet to receive the report on graft-busters’ interrogation of human rights activist Irene Fernandez.

Fernandez, who is the executive director of Tenaganita, was hauled up on May 11 for making remarks allegedly damaging to Malaysia in an interview with Indonesian newspaper The Jakarta Post.

She had stated that Malaysia was not safe for Indonesian workers because it did not have a legal framework or specific law to protect migrant workers.

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