Hunt down lawyer in Risda land case, MACC urged

KOTA KINABALU: A Sabah-based NGO has urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to track down lawyer Michael Persius Ubu to assist in the investigation into a RM155 million land sale to Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda).

Angkatan Perubahan Sabah vice-president Paul Kadau said as far as he knows, the case has not been closed.

“Sabahans are eager to see the conclusion of the investigation into those who tried to sell the land, which is native title land,” he told FMT.

The case involves the sale of two parcels of land in Tongod to Risda in 2014. The deal fell through although a down payment had been paid by Risda, allegedly through Ubu’s legal firm.

Angkatan Perpaduan Sabah vice-president Paul Kadau.

Ubu, 62, failed to show up at the MACC office despite being summoned along with Warisan vice-president Peter Anthony last year.

Anthony, who is now the Sabah minister for infrastructure development, was remanded for three days before being released on bail.

Kadau said he did not mean to accuse the two men of any wrongdoing. However, he maintained that MACC should finish its investigation instead of leaving it as it is.

He said it was a high-profile case as it could also implicate Chief Minister Shafie Apdal, who was the rural and regional development minister at the time.

“Doesn’t Shafie want to clear his name, having already done so with the case on the alleged misappropriation of rural infrastructure development funds in Sabah involving RM1.5 billion?” he asked.

He added that MACC should show the same drive as in the pursuit of businessman Low Taek Jho in the 1MDB money laundering investigation.