Minister explains delay in declaring assets to MACC

De facto Law Minister Liew Vui Keong says he did not evaluate his properties as he was not planning to sell them.

KOTA KINABALU: De facto Law Minister Liew Vui Keong says he will update the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on his asset declaration after his properties have been evaluated.

He said he had notified the MACC in October that he was unable to establish the value of his assets due to several reasons.

Among the reasons, he said, was that he had held some properties under native titles in Sabah for at least three decades and that their values were unknown at the time of declaration.

“As I am not selling them anytime soon, the need to value the properties does not arise.

“The declaration form asked in a column if I knew of their current value and I had put ‘not available’ as I don’t have information of their current value at that time,” Liew said in a statement today.

“The same goes to two of my properties currently on loan with the bank. Their current values were not available to me at the time I filled the column but I did state the value of the properties at the time of purchase several years ago,” he added.

However, he said he had declared to the MACC the number of properties he owned last Oct.

Liew was one of the Sabah MPs reported to have declared their assets but failed to give their value.