MACC denies declaring Sabah Water Department case graft-free

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PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today denied it had declared the Sabah State Water Department (JANS) case to be free from any elements of corruption, as was spread on social media since yesterday.

According to the MACC, the news spread by irresponsible parties was untrue and misleading.

In this regard, the MACC said it would monitor and review all unauthorised news uploaded on social media to safeguard its reputation.

The MACC later lodged a police report against the owner of a Facebook account using the name “Çikgu Aming” for allegedly uploading a portal report which claimed that the commission had declared the JAN’s case to be free from any elements of corruption.

According to a source in MACC, the report was lodged at the Putrajaya district police headquarters at noon.

“The MACC’s top management is considering filing a police report against all those who spread slander on social media so that legal action can be taken against them,” MACC said in a statement here today.

Regarding the JANS case, the MACC said that on Dec 29, 2016, three individuals had been charged at the Kota Kinabalu Sessions Court with laundering RM61.48 million and owning luxury goods from illegal activities, and that the case was fixed for mention this Aug 8.

The three accused are former JANS director Ag Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib, his wife Fauziah Ag Piut and Sabah finance ministry’s technical and engineering adviser Lim Lam Beng.

Ag Mohd Tahir was charged with 12 counts under Section 4 (1) (a) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing (Amlatfa) Act 2001 and Section 4 (1) (b) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities (Amlatfpuaa) Act 2001.

Fauziah and Lim were each charged with 19 counts involving RM2.2 million and four counts involving RM2.38 million under Section 4 (1) (b) Amlatfpuaa 2001.

“The MACC wishes to stress that offences under Amlatfpuaa 2001 involve proceeds of illegal activities by the perpetrators under the MACC Act 2009,” he said.

The MACC said according to the section, a person could be jailed for a maximum of 15 years and faced a fine not less than five times the amount or value of the proceeds from illegal activities or equipment, or RM5 million, whichever is higher, upon conviction.