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MACC is quick to act when allegation involved PR

This kind of kickback is a BN tradition since I know how to read ABC.

Those NGOs who apply for fund from BN assemblyman know this hidden rule.

The NGO is either to pay 30% kickback or get nothing. So, the decision is clear cut, pay 30% kickback to the middleman.

MACC moves in to investigate 30% rebate claim

By EMBUN MAJID and CHRISTOPHER QUAH

ALOR SETAR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has stepped in to investigate allegations that Pakatan Rakyat representatives have been asking for 30% “rebate” from Kedah government allocations, with a businessman questioned about kickbacks.

Kedah MACC director Mohamad Yusoff Akope said that officers went to the 55-year-old man’s house to interview him, but declined to elaborate as the probe was ongoing.

He said the commission would investigate the complaints from several Chinese organisations raised during a dialogue with MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek in Sungai Petani last Friday.

He said the MACC would seek the cooperation of the state MCA and Gerakan, which had received complaints from several Chinese associations that they had been asked for kickbacks.

“We have already started our investigations but they are based on what the media has reported. We are now identifying the Chinese associations which have made complaints to MCA and Gerakan.

“We need the associations to come forward. This will allow us to gather sufficient evidence to open a case,” he told The Star yesterday.

As for the police report lodged by the state Gerakan Youth, Mohamad Yusoff said the MACC would carry out a separate investigation based upon it.

“So far, there have been no reports lodged directly with MACC by the public,” he added.

When lodging the police report at the Alor Setar police station yesterday, Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said that it was not enough for PKR to conduct its own investigation.

“Let the higher authorities handle the matter, not just PKR. Police need to investigate this offence. This is to ensure that public funds meant for Kedahans are protected,” he said.

On Monday, state Environment, Chinese Affairs and Transport Committee chairman Tan Chow Kang @ Tan Joo Long suspended his aide for allegedly asking for “rebate money” from allocations given to Chinese associations in Kedah.

Meanwhile, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said he would investigate the allegations if there was proof.

“We welcome the exposure of corruption committed by any person in the state government but there must be evidence,” he said.

Each assemblymen is allocated RM100,000 per year and a state executive councillor is given RM150,000.

This is meant for development projects such as infrastructure building and maintenance work.

The state allocates RM1.5mil annually for community associations, but the money is paid directly to them.


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