Published: Monday October 22, 2012 MYT 9:28:00 PM
Updated: Monday October 22, 2012 MYT 9:30:36 PM
Timber tycoon Michael Chia never caught in Hong Kong, says Nazri
KUALA LUMPUR: Timber tycoon Michael Chia was never arrested in Hong Kong over the alleged smuggling of about RM40mil, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
He said the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) had never arrested the businessman who was linked to a corruption allegation involving Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
"Based on a report from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Michael Chia was never caught in Hong Kong by the ICAC," said Nazri when winding up debate on the Supply Bill 2013 in the Dewan Rakyat.
The Attorney General's Chambers and the MACC had given full cooperation to the Hong Kong ICAC until the investigation was completed, he said, adding that in MACC had in turn also conducted its own investigation by gathering all evidence and documents related to the case.
"Once the investigations were completed by both parties, the Hong Kong ICAC could not establish elements of corruption.
"Hence, the Hong Kong ICAC withdrew the claim and returned the money seized," he said.
Meanwhile, Nazri welcomed opposition MPs to a meeting with the Election Commission next week to iron out various perennial issues raised, including the merging of localities among constituencies.
"Serious issues must be resolved. We don't want the dissatisfactions and suspicions to continue unabated. I want these to be resolved," he said. - Bernama