MACC drops cases
February 12, 2010 17:10 PM
Eight High Profile Cases Dropped
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 12 (Bernama) — The MACC will not be pressing charges over eight high profile cases the commission investigated, including those involving Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.
Mohd Ali was investigated for alleged money politics when contesting the Umno deputy president’s post at the party’s polls last year while Abdul Khalid for allegedly abusing state funds to buy 46 cows to be donated for the Aidiladha sacrifice in his parliamentary constituency, Bandar Tun Razak.
Deputy MACC chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull said, however, there had been no decision yet whether Khalid would be charged over another case where he is alleged to have abused state funds for maintenance of his Lexus car with the registration number WQR779 and that the investigation papers were now with the public prosecutor.
The other cases concerned alleged power abuse by former Perak Speaker V. Sivakumar who suspended Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and six Perak Barisan Nasional (BN) executive councillors from attending state assembly sittings; Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk T. Murugiah (alleged money politics in PPP’s polls); former Penang deputy chief minister Mohamad Fairus Khairuddin (alleged links with illegal quarrying in Penang).
Also dropped were the cases concerning Penang’s Jawi assemblyman Tan Beng Huat (alleged abuse of assemblyman’s allocations); Selangor’s Batu Tiga assemblywoman Rodziah Ismail (alleged abuse of state funds) and two Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) supreme councillors who are alleged to have attempted to bribe Aminah Abdullah, an independent candidate in the Penanti by-election.
Mohd Shukri said the public prosecutor decided not to pursue the cases against the eight after evaluating the investigation papers submitted by the MACC.
“MACC’s Operations Review Panel has been updated as to why the cases cannot be pursued and all the panel’s seven members are satisfied with the explanation provided by both the MACC and the public prosecutor,” he told reporters here on Friday.
Mohd Shukri, however, said this did not mean that all of the cases were entirely free of corruption, but lack of witnesses and evidence prevented the commission from building “air tight” cases to enable conviction.
“Evidence available must be able to meet the 90 per cent requirement needed for prosecution, only then can the prosecution proceed to press charges. The public prosecutor cannot bring a case that is weak to court,” he said.
As such, he urged anyone with evidence on the eight cases to come forward and help the MACC to build cases that could lead to conviction.
He said these cases could be reopened if fresh witnesses or evidence was made available.
Asked about other high profiLe cases including those that inVolved former Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina binti Othman Said, PPP president Datuk M Kayveas and the one relating to the Middle Ring Road 2 in Kuala Lumpur, Mohd Shukri said the investigations had been completed and forwarded to the public prosecutor to decide whether charges should be pressed.
MACC closes file on 8 high-profile cases
PUTRAJAYA (Feb 12, 2010) : Eight high-profile cases investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), including those involving Malacca chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, have been closed.MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull said the decision not to bring those cases to court was taken by its Deputy Public Prosecutor after reviewing the investigation reports conducted based on evidence and witness statements.
“All cases which have been decided as such were referred to the Operations Review Panel. We explained to them why they can’t be charged in court. And all seven panel members were satisfied with the explanation given either by the MACC or the Legal and Prosecution Division,” he told a press conference at the MACC headquarters here today.
Mohd Ali was investigated for alleged money politics during the party election last year when he was vying for the Umno deputy president’s post while Abdul Khalid was investigated for allegedly misusing state funds to buy 46 cows during Hari Raya Haji for his Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary constituency.
However, the allegation against Abdul Khalid for alleged misuse of government money for the maintenance of his Lexus car is not finalised although the investigation paper has been submitted to the prosecution division.
Other cases closed were alleged misuse of power by former Perak Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar for suspending Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and six other exco members from attending the state legislative assembly meeting, alleged corruption case of Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk T. Murugiah during its PPP party election and alleged corruption by former Penang Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Fairus Khairuddin who was associated with illegal quarry activities.
The rests were that of Jawi state assemblyperson Tan Beng Huat who was alleged to have wrongly used allocations to buy electrical goods, Batu Tiga assemblywoman Rodziah Ismail for alleged misuse of state government money and two Parti Keadilan Rakyat Supreme Council members who were alleged to have bribed Penanti Independent candidate Aminah Abdullah.
Mohd Shukri however said closing a case did not mean the person accused was free from corrupt activities because sometimes, the MACC could not build a strong case to stand up in court, due to lack of witness and evidence.
“The evidence that we have must achieve at least 90%, then only our prosecution division can decide to prosecute. So, not all cases that were not charged are free from elements of corruption,” he added.