MACC obtains documents from Raub land, forestry offices on encroachment

MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki says they were studying the documents closely as they could not listen only to ‘one side’.

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has taken documents related to the issue of encroachment on state government land in Raub, Pahang.

MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki said his team had taken the documents from the Raub District and Land Office, Raub District Forestry Office and the Raub Forest Ranger Office for further study and investigation.

“We need to take this matter seriously. We (MACC) cannot listen to one party only,” Azam told Bernama at his office here.

In a similar development, Azam said so far the MACC had called 18 individuals and had recorded statements related to the issue.

“We called on those involved in the cultivation of land in Raub for the MACC to get information on some related matters,” he said.

Earlier, Azam was reported to have instructed the Pahang MACC to obtain more information from the Raub District and Land Office and the Pahang State Secretary’s Office regarding the encroachment on state government land.

On Aug 1, the Pahang government began to say the durian trees were illegally cultivated on state government land.

Meanwhile, when asked to comment on the latest developments related to the Dudley International House property purchase case, in Melbourne, Australia, by Mara Incorporated Sdn Bhd, Azam said the case had been completed.

Some individuals will be charged in the near future, he said briefly.

In 2015, Mara’s investment wing was embroiled in controversy following the revelation by the Australian newspaper, The Age, which claimed it had spent millions of ringgit to buy a five-storey apartment block, Dudley International House in Melbourne at a higher price than the market value.