SHAFIE HAULED UP BY MACC: WILL HE EXPOSE THE MASTERMINDS WHO SIPHONED OUT RM3.3BIL OF FEDERAL FUNDS MEANT FOR SABAH’S WATER PROJECTS?

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has been called to give his statement on the RM3.3bil Sabah Water Department graft and power abuse scandal.

In a statement on Thursday, the Semporna MP said that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had asked him to assist investigations into the alleged corruption that took place during his tenure as rural and regional development minister.

Majlis Amanah Rakyat, an agency under his former ministry, has been implicated in the scandal.

“I am ready to collaborate with MACC,” said Shafie, who is also the Parti Warisan Sabah president.

The Sabah water scandal is one of the biggest graft investigations involving the siphoning of federal funds meant for water development in Sabah.

MACC investigators claim that the suspects, former department director Ag Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib and his deputy Lim Lam Beng, siphoned RM3.3bil meant for water projects in Sabah since 2010 through a network of companies linked to their families.

The corruption case came to light in October 2016 after raids were made at the Sabah Water Department office and the suspect’s houses.

It was reported that investigators found RM45mil in cash in the Ag Mohd Tahir’s house and some RM3mil in Lim’s office.

Ag Mohd Tahir and his wife Fauziah Piut have been charged for money laundering involving over RM59mil in cash, luxury vehicles, bags and watches.

Lim was also charged in the Special Corruption Court with four anti-money laundering charges involving property and cash totalling RM2.3mil.

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