Tuesday October 23, 2012
Sabah BN denies meddling in graft probe
By MARTIN CARVALHO, YUEN MEIKENG and RAHIMY RAHIM
SABAH Barisan Nasional has refuted allegations that it had interfered in the corruption investigations against Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and timber trader Michael Chia involving RM40mil of political funds.
Its secretary Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan (BN-Kota Belud) said Sabah Umno had given its full cooperation to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) of Hong Kong, which had carried a two-year investigation into the case.
“None of our officers had stopped them from carrying out their duties or urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to interfere and disrupt the investigations,” he said when debating the Supply Bill 2013 in committee stage, in Parliament yesterday.
He also dismissed allegations that Chia was nabbed by Hong Kong authorities at the island’s airport for physically smuggling cash worth RM40mil.
He also questioned why Pakatan Rakyat leaders could not accept the findings of ICAC, an independent body recognised internationally for their works against corruption.
“Previously Pakatan had much respect for ICAC and had urged the MACC to emulate their work but now that the ICAC has cleared the Sabah Chief Minister, why can’t they accept the findings?” he asked.