Sabah water graft scandal – Three maybe charged Thursday

Dec 29, 2016

Sabah Water Graft Scandal

Three persons are expected to be charged at the Session Court in Kota Kinabalu today Thursday in connection with the Sabah multi-million ringgit water graft scandal that rocked the nation last October.

The three were among 28 people detained and questioned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in October in connection with scandal, in which millions were allegedly siphoned from RM3.3 billion worth of federal-funded projects to boost clean water supply in Sabah.

MACC first picked up two senior figures from the Sabah Water Department (JAS) for allegedly monopolising government projects, along with two other non JAS staff, which was followed by the arrested of a former JAS senior officer.

MACC has also seized over RM115 million in cash, from bank accounts and safe deposit boxes, besides valuables including jewellery, designer bags, luxury cars and 127 land titles – all worth about RM36.877 million.

Investigations also revealed that two JAS senior officers had allegedly transferred over RM30 million to banks abroad.

Following the major swoop, MACC detained 23 individuals comprising technicians and engineers.

A total of RM8.4 million in cash was seized and RM3.6 million in bank accounts was frozen during the second phase of the operation, codenamed Ops Water.

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