MACC probe politically motivated, says Sabah minister

Sabah Infrastructure Development Minister Peter Anthony (centre) after his seven-hour questioning at the MACC office in Kota Kinabalu today.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Infrastructure Development Minister Peter Anthony said his questioning today by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) was politically motivated by Warisan’s rivals.

Anthony, who is a Warisan vice-president, was questioned for seven hours at the MACC office here from 10.30am.

He said the statement he gave to MACC was over allegations of corruption involving the award of several multi-million ringgit road concession projects by the previous state government.

“It’s a normal statement, there’s no case and no big deal. I’ve got nothing to hide.

“The road concessions were awarded by the previous government. The appointed contractors did not perform, so we brought the issue up for improvements.

“I think (it’s politically motivated) as we are not with the federal government now,” he said.

The Melalap assemblyman said MACC had called him for questioning after public complaints of corruption involving the road concessions.

He said he cooperated with the MACC officers, whom he described as professionals.

“If they call me again, it’s no problem. As a government servant and a minister, I’m ready any time.

“Probably there’s another one (meeting with MACC) tomorrow but it’s up to them. I will not run away,” he said.

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