KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Former Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, wanted by the authorities for a graft probe, is believed to have left Malaysia, The Star reported today.
The English daily said his aide were not aware of his whereabouts but a few claimed Musa may have left for Brunei and Singapore en route to the United Kingdom.
The newspaper also quoted “highly-placed” sources in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as saying that Musa had managed to flee before the authorities could have him blacklisted.
“We found out that he had gone overseas way before we applied for him to be blacklisted,” the source told The Star.
The former Sabah CM is wanted for investigation into alleged criminal intimidation over a report lodged by State Governor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.
The MACC is also seeking Musa as a part of an ongoing graft probe.
Officers from both the agencies have searched Musa’s residences in Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu, the paper reported.
But both properties were reported to be “unoccupied” at the time.
The Star also quoted sources saying that Musa’s lawyers had refused to co-operate. This was confirmed by MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki.
“Yes we were there but the lawyers did not want to co-operate and assist us,” Azam was quoted as saying.
“Our standard operating procedure requires officers to be accompanied during searches,” another MACC source told the paper.
MACC were prevented from searching the premises because of their refusal to co-operate, the same source said.