Malaysia: MACC can’t act against Taib Mahmud, says chief

  • The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission cannot act against Sarawak governor Taib Mahmud despite the allegations of corruption against him.
  • The agency’s chief, Mohd Shukri Abdull, said there were already 15 case files opened against Taib, but no action could be taken as he was not directly involved in the decision-making process.
  • “We have already opened 15 files on Taib. It is true he was involved in parts of the allegations. But the problem is that he did not make the decisions. According to the law, the person that sits for the meetings and makes decisions is guilty. There was not a case where he chaired the meeting or made decisions,” he said in a press conference on 3 Jul 18.
  • Shukri also said MACC has already submitted the investigation papers to the Attorney-General’s Chambers, but no action could be taken on Taib yet.
  • “We have submitted to AGC. So far, there is no case. There is no way to implicate him until we have new information or witnesses.”
  • Former Sarawak chief minister Taib, who travels around in a Rolls Royce and private jet, has been under investigation by MACC since 2011 over allegations that he enriched his family by awarding them huge infrastructure contracts. However, results of MACC’s investigations have never been revealed.

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