Proposal to improve mechanism on Johor bumiputera property at final stage: MACC

Ahmad Fairuz Othman

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will submit proposals to improve the system and procedure related to Bumiputera housing in Johor to the state government by next week.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad said the commission was in the final phase of completing the proposals, which will address weaknesses in the existing system and procedure related to Bumiputera housing in Johor.

"MACC's Consultancy and Prevention Division studied the weaknesses in the existing systems and procedure which caused corruption and abuse of power.

"We have identified them and we are in the final stage to submit the proposals for improvements to the Johor government to take the necessary action to ensure weaknesses in the system and procedure will be resolved to avoid the issue from recurring.

"...Insya Allah, we will submit the proposals by next week," said Dzulkifli after attending a Corruption Free Pledge ceremony and signing involving Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and nine executive council members in Kota Iskandar here today.

The recent Johor real estate corruption scandal investigated by the MACC inrevealed that the suspects involved may have converted the statuses of Bumiputera quota units into non-Bumiputera quota units in order to sell them at higher prices.

Former state executive council member Datuk Abd Latif Bandi and a property consultant were charged at the Sessions Court yesterday for 33 counts of abetment to receive RM30.3 million in bribes in relation to the case.