An Assemblyman has advised the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) not to confine its anti-graft drive to the Water Department.
Sri Tanjung Assemblyman Chan Foong Hin recalled in a statement that many reports have been lodged against the Sabah Foundation, Forestry Department and the Lands and Surveys Department (LSD), among others.
“The people want to know why no action has been taken, for example, in cases of pygmy elephants dying in Sabah Foundation forest reserve areas,” he said. “It happened last month and two years ago.”
The LSD has been implicated in many NCR land cases involving big plantation companies, added Chan who was recently appointed as DAP Sabah Secretary. “Many Orang Asal had to go to court to try and get their land back as a result of the LSD.”
Taking his cue from a statement by Chief Minister Musa Aman pledging support for MACC, he called for an all out war to nab the masterminds, middlemen, and runners involved in graft.
“We should bring them to justice,” he said. “We should protect the good name of the state administration.”
He called for utmost priority to be given to the fight against corruption but cautioned that strong political will was needed to plug all leakages and wastage.
“It’s for the good of the people,” said Chan.
Revisiting the on-going MACC probe at the Water Department, he noted the suspects began accumulating ill-gotten wealth by monopolising contracts worth RM3.3 billion since 2010. “There has been serious leakages and wastage caused by misconduct and corruption.”
The man in the street is asking questions about the RM52 million cash seized from two top officials of the Water Department.
“The duo was just director and deputy director of a department,” he pointed out. “The public would think that there were fewer opportunities at the Water Department to create wealth out of misconduct.”
If the Water Department could have this kind of scandal, he continued, questions can be raised about other government departments and agencies that were giving out a lot of tenders and concessions. “The people are watching.”
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