Hornbill Unleashed

December 16, 2011

MACC keeps mum on Taib Mahmud graft probe

S Pathmawathy

Ironically, the officer – MACC investigation division deputy commission Azmi Mohd – did so at a forum organised by graft watchdog Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) to discuss corruption in forest management and sustainable development.A senior Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer yesterday refused to comment on the status of its investigations into graft allegations against Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Asked by Malaysiakini about the status of MACC’s investigation against Taib during the question-and-answer session of the public forum, Azmi appeared taken aback and said he had informed the forum organisers that he would not take questions that were “too detailed”.

“I told the organisers that I will not be answering certain questions, and these are questions I will not be able to answer,” he said.

NONEAzmi added he was not the “right person” to address the issue, but nodded when asked if Taib was still being investigated by MACC.

In June, MACC chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed confirmed that the commission was digging into corruption allegations against the Sarawak chief minister, in particular involving logging concessions in the state.

No comment on fall in ranking as well

Azmi was also asked to comment on Malaysia’s progressive slide in the Transparency International’s corruption perception index (CPI).

This year, Malaysia is down four places to 60 out of 178 countries – its worst ranking in a decade.

Again, Azmi said he was not the “right person” to speak on the matter.

TI, which conducts the survey annually, attributed the decline to the government’s failure to tackle “grand corruption”.

Two days ago, international NGOs from six countries sent a letterto MACC, the Attorney-General’s Chamber and the inspector-general of police demanding that Taib and 13 of his family members be arrested.

The group, including the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), Greenpeace and forest watch organisation Fern, in a 10-page letter listed out a litany of allegations involving misappropriation of public funds, abuse of public office, misappropriation of state land and fraud, among others, against Taib and his family.

According to BMF, Taib and his immediate family members have a stake in 332 Malaysian and 85 foreign companies, in all worth several billion US dollars.

The NGOs have also claimed that the known family stake in the net assets of 14 large Malaysian companies alone exceeds US$1.46 billion (RM4.65 billion).

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  1. Quotes from Free Malaysia Today: “Mahathir has also been guilty on a national scale of hijacking the organs of state, doing away with the checks and balances inherent in the legislature, executive and judiciary, dipping his hands into the national cookie jar on behalf of his cronies and to fuel his politics of patronage and institutionalising racism in the country as a national ideology of the ruling elite.
    The punishment must fit the crime. In Mahathir’s case, as with Taib, there is no punishment as yet devised for the enormity of their crimes against the state and people, even if they were to be re-born several times over to be punished all over again.”

    Comment by Alan Newman. NZ — December 23, 2011 @ 8:19 PM | Reply

  2. Tax payers must demand that MACC commissioner resign with immediate effect and all the salaries of its officers frozen until further notice.

    Comment by Zainuddin — December 17, 2011 @ 11:04 AM | Reply

    • Organise protest infront of the MACC HQ…

      Comment by Pengundi Hantu — December 23, 2011 @ 8:33 PM | Reply

  3. INVESTIGATE & CHARGE ALL THE CROOKS- BUT WE SHOULD NOT BE TOO HOPEFUL IT WILL EVER HAPPEN

    IF MACC deserves its name – it should have all the facts by now and charge Taib and his entire gang before GE13 to show good faith to the people. May be this is the only away UMNO will win votes in Sarawak!

    The question is whether it is expedient for UMNO to do take this move. You can never trust what they say.

    UMNO wants Taib to secure seats in GE13 so will not kill off a friendly Taib and make more enemies in Sarawak. It is a different story if Taib turns against them.

    We must never forget that Taib is a protégées of UMNO and had been instrumental in enabling UMNO to seize Sarawak oil and gas. after they engineered the “sacking” of CM Stephen Ningkan. Petronas and UMNO members have enriched themselves secretly beyond dreams. There are many UMNO Malay billionaires around because Sarawak oil made them rich. This alone is sufficient to protect Taib from any prosecutions. O course Taib is related to Najib by marriage.

    More likely we will never get to see any real justice but it is better we unite and make an effort.

    Even if we fail we can hold our heads up high and face the future generation with dignity. We can say we did not lie down and be stepped on.

    The alternative is that PR wins majority seats and speeds up the investigations as the new government.

    But PR has made any promises to act against corruption. However outside this book it does not appear to have talked about prosecuting the Taib and gang. Baru Bian may have in his capacity as a lawyer.

    BTW The “autonomy” carrot held out in their Buku Jingga manifesto is not real “autonomy” – reproduced below

    Sabah and Sarawak as Equal Partners
    ——————————————————–

    Respecting the position of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners in the
    Malaysian Federation, and honouring previous agreements made, Pakatan
    Rakyat pledges to:

     Restore autonomy to Sabah and Sarawak in line with and within the
    framework of the Federal Constitution and the Federation Agreement.

     Raise the royalties paid on petroleum and hydrocarbon resources to
    Sabah and Sarawak to 20% from the present 5%.

     Set up a Royal Commission to solve the perennial problem of illegal
    immigration and citizenship in Sabah.

     Help bring the level of infrastructural development in Sabah and Sarawak
    up to par with other states of the Federation.

     Increase national integration between Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular
    Malaysia through a fair power-sharing arrangement that fully upholds
    the spirit of the Federation.

    If you have read the above closely- what they promise for Sabah and Sarawak is “NATIONAL INTEGRATION” into the Malayan political system…NOT AUTONOMY. PR acknowledges that we were CHEATED and offered some consolation prizes in its manifesto. They know the Sabah/Sarawak people are questioning the value of continuing in Malaysia or get out.

    Their agenda is more sinister! They are sealing the con job began in 1963 to lure us into agreeing to “form Malaysia”. This is to counter the general move in Sabah and Sarawak to get out of Malaysia and get real independence.

    Further, the promise of 20% of oil revenues is just not good enough. We should get back 100% control of our resources! UMNO and Petronas have already stolen and enrich themselves with untold billions from our oil and gas.

    SO can we trust PR??

    Comment by OUR SARAWAK — December 17, 2011 @ 9:32 AM | Reply

  4. MACC = Monkey And Crocodile Club

    Comment by Tiger YK — December 17, 2011 @ 5:26 AM | Reply

  5. The Daily Telegraph, London
    16.02.2011

    Investigation into seized assets of Hosni Mubarak and Zine el Abidine Ben Ali begins

    An investigation to seize vast assets of deposed strongmen Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Zine el Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia has been launched in Europe and North America, a Eurojust spokesman said Thursday.

    Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, left, and Hosni Mubarak Photo: AP/EPA
    9:54PM GMT 15 Dec 2011

    Joannes Thuy, a EuroJust spokesman said the investigation started after a meeting on Monday and Tuesday between Eurojust, the European Union’s justice co-ordination body, and Tunisian and Egyptian authorities in The Hague, where Eurojust is based.

    “Both Tunisia and Egypt explained the ex-presidents illegally transferred a lot of money out of their countries and invested in bank accounts and property all over Europe, even Canada and the United States,” Thuy said.

    “They asked us to coordinate the investigation, which we are now facilitating and have put them in touch with various prosecutors in different countries,” he added.

    “Following a joint decision, a Europe-wide financial investigation was launched to identify assets, freeze bank accounts and confiscate money and properties,” Eurojust added in a press release.
    Mr Thuy could not say whether any assets have yet been recovered but added it was believed to be running “into millions and millions” of euros.

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    Mubarak is currently facing a murder trial before an Egyptian court and may get the death sentence if found complicit in the killings of some 850 people who died during 18 days of protest that ousted him from power in February.

    Ben Ali and his wife were forced into exile in Saudi Arabia earlier during the “Arab Spring” revolt when he was overthrown in an unprecedented popular uprising.

    But earlier this month, liquidators of Ben Ali’s vast business empire threatened to quit en masse over security concerns, the official TAP news agency reported from Tunis.

    Some 200-odd liquidators tasked with managing a myriad of firms owned by Ben Ali and his entourage said they would walk out be year’s end if attacks, both verbally and physically, did not stop.
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  7. The whole system of democracy, human rights and morality has gone to the dogs. Even Mahathir came up ‘in favour’ of Taib a day ago! Not really surprising as Mathathir’s Son has been a director of 200 companies; he mentored ethnocracy, nepotism, corruption, mega projects and the likes of Ting Pek Kiing, Eric Chia…. It’s all sickening & disgraceful. The international community has lost respect for these people altogether. Alan Newman, NZ

    Comment by Alan Newman. NZ — December 16, 2011 @ 7:29 PM | Reply

  8. MACC should not cover up these 2 crooks or it will need to close shop!People interest is the most important, not them two! Soon, Rakyat will take action and have rights to change other “CLEAN” Leaders!

    Comment by babai — December 16, 2011 @ 6:27 PM | Reply

  9. the pakatan should put in its election manifesto that money corruptly obtained by poiiticians should be duly investigated, prosecuted and money confiscated and return to the national coffers.

    Comment by Justinn — December 16, 2011 @ 12:52 PM | Reply

  10. MACC is like toilet paper to BN. It is used by BN to clean up BN’s dirty business.
    MACC is totally useless as it is controlled by these super crooks. .These crooks create laws to steal and to protect themselves . Thye love to create fear between races so they can divide and control us all . Kick them out ASAP.

    Comment by KEP — December 16, 2011 @ 12:21 PM | Reply

  11. MACC, PDRM, AG and even Bank Negara Governor are all corrupted to the core. BNM governor’s husband was given few hundred million worth of project in Sabah not so long ago. There is no way MACC will probe Taib Mahmud and or other UMNO ministers when MACC, PDRM and the AG are all corrupted to the core. God have mercy.

    Comment by Asri Rahman — December 16, 2011 @ 11:41 AM | Reply

  12. If Taib is charged for corruption then 99% of the BN ministers and ex-ministers like Mahathir and Badawi will also have to face the same charges. Like Mahathir stated in recent days, this is only an election ploy by the opposition. There’s no corruption in Malaysia.

    Comment by Mukris — December 16, 2011 @ 10:16 AM | Reply

    • There’s no corruption in Malaysia???BullS**t.Then no need to open MACC LAH!! Can be MACC one of scandal agency just like NFC?Using public fund to pay their staff and boss’s salaries for not doing their jobs?Remember…Rakyat’s funds pay MACC to investigate not otherwise!

      Comment by babai — December 16, 2011 @ 7:52 PM | Reply

  13. macc.

    RM2,400 flags-phew you guys were fast and one young man has to die in your office.

    against a billion dollar family, nah you will stay away.

    thats anti-corruption in Malaysia. It aint matter its Kassim or Ahmad. Hollow speeches to entertain oneself, no MACC?

    Comment by mmc — December 16, 2011 @ 9:53 AM | Reply

  14. Friends. After a post cabinet meeting yesterday 16/Dec/2011, an insider has leaked news that a special committee meeting to investigate Taib would be held end of this month. 3 state departments were mentioned. Issues would be around tenders and contract, land, mulu tourism company, japanese allegation of abuse etc etc. Further earlier request for SFS to step down was shelved indefinitely as SFS would have to respond to the investigation committee. So Housing GM will remain until light is given for him to take over the SFS position. Lets wait for the news on Taib’s scandal

    Comment by badaruddin mahmud — December 16, 2011 @ 9:53 AM | Reply

  15. YOU CANNOT CHOOSE WHICH QUESTIONS TO ANSWER AND WHICH NOT TO ANSWER !

    Comment by SOS — December 16, 2011 @ 8:59 AM | Reply

  16. TO AZMI MOHD OF MACC YOU ARE DUTY BOUND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS THAT IS IN PUBLIC INTERESTS. YOU ARE PUBLIC SERVANT FIRST.

    Comment by SOS — December 16, 2011 @ 8:57 AM | Reply


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