Friday, January 22, 2010

State gov't questions selective MACC crackdown

The Selangor government today expressed hope that the crackdown by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was not aimed at embarrassing the Pakatan Rakyat administration.

NONEAlthough pledging full support for the eradication of corruption, the state government however warned that it would not compromise with any quarters who deliberately try to destabilise the administration.

In a statement from Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim's office, the state government said the MACC investigations concerning several officers of the state, including the MB, appear to focus on trivial issues.

"This was seen in the manner in which exco Yaakob Sapari's office was raided (yesterday) and the remanding of his aide Hussein Ahmad.

"The state government was also shocked with the latest development where MACC raided Hussein's house without a valid search warrant. We want an explanation for this," said Khalid.

What are MACC's priorities?

Furthermore, he said the MACC investigations concerned a company which was not listed in the awarding of contracts for sand mining.

Khalid also refuted MACC's claim that the expenses for Hussein's visit to China was borne by a contractor.

The menteri besar said it was the state government which forked out RM3,295 for the two-day trip.

"In view of this, the state government has the right to be suspicious of the motive and the integrity of the investigation," he added, calling on MACC officers to spend their time and energy on more pressing issues.

Among others, he cited the allegation of RM1.7 million being spent by Khalid's predecessor Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and his entourage on trips to Disneyland and France.

"So what are MACC's priorities?" he asked.

"The commission should be investigating big cases involving millions of ringgit that belong to the people," he said, adding that MACC should not be seen as being used as a political tool.


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