MACC has done forensice audit on 5 companies on Ijok land deal


KUCHING: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has conducted forensic audit on five companies’ accounts related to the Ijok land deal, involving a 880-hectare plot of land. Its deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the graft-busters were identifying any suspicious transactions made among the accounts. He said individuals involved directly to the companies, including the directors and accountants had been called to give their statements to facilitate investigations. “Although there has been no arrest thus far, we are still investigating and going through the documents seized... our investigating officers need more time to study the documents carefully as it involves legal issues as well as the court’s decisions,” he told reporters after the handling over of duties ceremony of Sarawak MACC acting director Zulhairy Zaidel to Razim Mohd Noor, as the state director here. Last month, it was reported that MACC seized documents from five companies, including a legal firm, regarding the RM1.18 billion land deal in Ijok, Selangor, where the state government had handed over 880ha land to two companies. On an unrelated issue, Azam said MACC were also in the process of getting feedback from several departments and agencies to complete the probe into the proposed Penang undersea tunnel project in Penang. He said MACC would look into the recommendations submitted by government departments and agencies with the technical expertise to determine if it was necessary to seek further assistance from independent consultants. He added that the probe against two Datuks who were detained in connection with the project would be completed soon and the investigation paper would be submitted to the deputy public prosecutor’s office within two weeks. The tunnel project had raised numerous controversies in recent months, especially on the high cost of the RM305 million feasibility studies as well as the 21-month delay in completing it. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd