Tuesday, June 27, 2006

ACA Probed 14 High-profile Cases

Fourteen of the 558 bribery cases investigated by the Anti-Corruption Agency between 2003 and 2005 were classified as high-profile cases under the Anti-Corruption Act 1997.

The investigations into the high-profile cases have been completed and the investigation papers were forwarded to the Attorney-General's Chambers for further action, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

He said among them were cases involving former managing director of Perwaja Steel Sdn Bhd Tan Sri Eric Chia Eng Hock, former Land and Cooperative Development Minister Tan Sri Khasitah Gaddam and former Jeli Member of Parliament Mohd Apandi Mohamed.

Other cases were criminal breach of trust involving Kota Baharu MP Ramli Ibrahim, former Telekom Malaysia Chief Operating Officer Datuk Ibrahim Nasir and former Sepang MP Datuk Sharif Jajang, he said when responding to a question by Salahuddin Ayub (PAS-Kubang Kerian) during the winding up of debate in the Dewan Rakyat Tuesday.

On Salahuddin's question about a police officer alleging in the report of the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operations of the Royal Malaysian Police that a senior police officer had declared assets worth about RM34 million, he said the ACA investigation found that it was merely hearsay.

On Transparency International's findings on the bribery perception index that placed Malaysia 39th among 102 countries last year compared to 39th among 146 in 204, he pointed out an error in the statement.

He said Malaysia had actually fared better last year because it was placed 39th among 159 countries, and not 102 countries.

On the allegation that the wealth of the prime minister's son, Kamaluddin Abdullah, and son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, had to do with corruption, Mohamed Nazri said their wealth was acquired from their business activities.

"Until now, there are no allegations against them and the wealth was accumulated through their ingenuity as businessmen," he said.


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