A REAL WARNING TO TAIB MAHMUD – SELF-STYLED ‘LORD OF SARAWAK’: YBs AMONG ‘BIG FISH’ STILL UNDER PROBE BY MACC – LATHEEFA SAYS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE MADE ONCE THERE ‘SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO CHARGE THEM’

KUCHING: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya said investigations into alleged corruption practices among the “big fish” in Sarawak are ongoing.

“Yes, there are high profile (corruption) cases involving VIPs here but I cannot reveal any details. Otherwise, it will jeopardize our investigation,” she said.

When asked if the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, who is also the former Sarawak Chief Minister was among the “big fish”, Latheefa declined to comment further.

“There are so many cases and you have to tell me if there’s such a complaint and we will look into it.

“I don’t deny there are cases involving high profile personalities including YBs but we can’t disclose their names until we complete our investigation.

“We will make an announcement once we can (have sufficient evidence) charge them,” she said.

She added there is time-frame set for investigation papers to be completed and it is on a case by case basis.

Therefore, there is such thing as “endless” or “incomplete” investigations.

“However, not all complaints ended up being investigated, especially those with evidence which were just printouts from the internet.

“We need to verify information and documents submitted and there are many levels and layers,” she explained.

Latheefa was speaking to reporters at the staging of a musical theatre “Semarak Pertiwiku” held at the Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce auditorium at the teachers’ training institute in Batu Lintang, here, today.

Last week, Sarawak MACC director Razim Mohd Noor said he did not have the access and details on the high profile cases in Sarawak as it was usually handled by the headquarters.

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