Sabah’s watergate scandal – 60pc of Federal allocations ‘stolen’

Posted: October 9, 2016 in corruption, MACC, Malaysian Politics, North Borneo, Sabah, Sabah Water Department, Shafie Apdal
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This came out today in the Daily Express Sabah, shocking, 60% of Federal Government water projects in Sabah was siphoned off into some buggers pockets.

After the MACC’s biggest-ever seizure of cash, totalling RM115 million,  Sabah is back in the news again. The story going around is, Shafie Apdal was Minister of Federal Rural and Regional Development Ministry and in 2010, RM3.3 billion in water projects was handed out.  As Minister, Shafie had full discretion to approve spending for contracts up to RM100 million. The RM115 million seized by MACC is connected to the RM3.3 billion. This is the problem. It involves the Federal Rural Development Ministry and Shafie was Minister in-charge until recently when he was sacked from Umno.

But at a press conference this afternoon in Kolombong, Shafie said “I support the investigation being conducted by the MACC. I hope there is no speculation on the case as the investigation is still on-going and I am prepared to cooperate with the MACC.”

Daily Express Sabah

60pc of Federal allocations ‘stolen’

Sixty sen out of every ringgit allocated by the Federal Government for water projects was siphoned off into the pockets of many individuals.

A senior state government official said only 40pc of the federal allocations for water reached the ground in Sabah, and the rest of the money seemed to have been pocketed by individuals.

The official, who has knowledge of developments in the investigations involving the two senior Sabah Water Department officers, said there seemed to be an unprecedented scale of corruption involving the siphoning of federal allocations amounting to RM3.3bil for water projects in Sabah since 2010.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested Sabah Water Department director Ag Tahir Ag Talib, 54, and his deputy Teo Chee Kong, 52, and seized over RM115mil, including some RM57mil in cash, from their houses and office.

Two others, including Teo’s older brother – a 55-year-old businessman – and his accountant have been arrested since Tuesday for investigations into what is possibly the country’s biggest abuse of power, bribery and money laundering case.

It is believed the tender process was fixed so that proxy companies would get the project at inflated prices.

In many cases, the projects were broken up into smaller parcels of up to RM100,000 to avoid the tender process.

The director or his deputy can sign off projects below RM100,000.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki has confirmed that there are 38 companies owned by family and friends of the two detained civil servants. It is learnt that 17 of the companies were connected to the director while 21 were linked to his deputy.

These companies are said to have been used as fronts to take part in limited tenders to secure the projects.

This has been happening over the last five years with the amount adding up, sources explained, but declined to reveal the specific details of the projects.

MACC sources said they had identified 40 witnesses, mainly state Water Department officials involved in processing the contracts and contractors, to have their statements recorded.

A special team of 70 MACC officers are continuing to record statements, and scan through documents and the money trail.

They are also getting the director and his deputy to declare all their assets under Section 36 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009 as investigators want to obtain comprehensive details of their wealth.

So far, MACC has recovered some RM57mil in cash found from their offices, homes and safe boxes, frozen RM60mil in bank accounts of the duo including that of a company they were linked to.

They also seized 19.3kg of gold jewellery worth about RM3.64mil from the duo, and some 97 designer ladies handbags worth RM500,000 used by the director’s wife. They also recovered some 127 land titles from Teo.

MACC is also working to repatriate funds banked into an account in a neighbouring country.

  1. penampang says:

    Darell Leiking added 6 new photos.
    22 hrs ·

    Well now this is Interesting.

    The MACC have not made it clear on the specifics of what were the details of the Massive Corruption by the Two (2) Sabah Government Officers of Jabatan Air Sabah Official No. 1 & No. 2 (JAO1 & JAO2) AND yet my Parliamentarian Colleague of Tenom (Datuk Raime Unggi) and Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan have come out with Statements directly and indirectly implicating Datuk Shafie Apdal.

    I put it to them that if they both have proof of any links by Datuk Shafie or his former Ministry and in relation to the ‘Alleged act of Corruption’ by the Sabah State Government Officials (JAO1 & JAO2) then it is morally and legally a responsibility of Datuk Raime and Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan makes a Police Report against Datuk Shafie Apdal. This is what Sabahans want from these two newsmaker.

    Let the truth prevail and let the Public Know who decides on these Projects allegedly connected to the JAO1 & JAO2 Sabah State Government Officers who are directly under Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan’s Ministry of Infrastructure.

    I have asked Datuk Shafie Apdal face to face and he has affirmatively told me he does not know the two State Government officials (2) personally, that he does not have dealings with them and that he is also not aware of how this ‘alleged projects’ were distributed in Sabah and how is it that the State of Sabah especially the Minister of Finance as well as the Minister of Infrastructure Sabah can deny they are not aware as it is under Sabah’s purview.

    Even Musa in yesterday’s news seems to have admitted that there is something wrong in Sabah Government’s contractual award procedures and delivery system hence a revamp. Aah is that a clue of the failure of the so called A+ rating State Government?

    Hence he (Shafie) and myself urges the MACC to investigate and reveal the entire truth and let the Truth Prevail for all Sabahans to see.
    Darell Leiking’s photo.
    Darell Leiking’s photo.
    ‘I understand this picture of Tan Sri Pairin receiving the Momento from Datuk Teoh (Deputy Director of Jabatan Air Sabah) is during a a KETTHA funded project tells us how impossible it is that a State Minister will not know of the Federal Fundings. Anyway, let MACC reveal the truth.’
    Darell Leiking’s photo.


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