NGOs demand MACC progress report on Selangor-Splash probe

HASHINI KAVISHTRI KANNAN


PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must reveal the progress of its probe into the Selangor state government's takeover deal of Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor (Splash), for the sake of the people.


Representatives from three non-governmental organisations (NGOs) – Pertubuhan Suara Rakyat Marhaen (Suara), Badan Amal Tarbiah Sejagat (Batas), and Pertubuhan Gerakan Penegak Suara Selangor (Gapenas) – handed over a memorandum to MACC officials here today, demanding a swift response to their request.


Suara advisor, Zamil Ibrahim, said it has been six months since the NGOs lodged a report with the commission over the issue.


"We lodged a report with the Selangor MACC on Nov 15 against Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and Splash, following the (revelation of) discrepancies between the takeover amount stated during Azmin's administration and what was claimed during the tenure of his predecessor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.


"Since then, there hasn't been any response or updates on the matter," he added.


Also present were Gapenas Selangor chairman, Nasiruddin Mahamed, and Batas Malaysia Supreme Council member, Hafarizam Haron.


"The people of Selangor must know that their money is being misused. This is not a small matter, as it involves billions of ringgit," Zamil told reporters after handing over the memorandum here, earlier.


He urged MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner, Datuk Azam Baki, to respond to their complaint as soon as possible.


"If a small fry in Selangor can afford to own a bungalow worth millions, what about those in higher positions. They are still roaming around freely (and pretending to be good people in front of others).


"The MACC must put an end to this culture of abusing the people's money," he added.


Zamil noted that the MACC has yet to call up the three people the NGOs singled out in their previous report.

"We named Splash chairman Tan Sri Wan Azmi Wan Hamzah, Azmin and Khalid in our reports. All three of them have yet to be called for questioning.


"Khalid had been willing to give his statement and facilitate investigations, but even he was never called," he added.


Last year, during the state assembly, Azmin said that Khalid offered RM2.975 billion to take over Splash's equity.


Khalid, however, said the state government under his administration made the offer of RM2.975 billion for the whole corporation, and not for Splash's equity alone.


Khalid claimed that this was much lower compared to the offer made by Azmin's administration.