Sabah Water Dept graft scandal: MACC probe yet to reach Shafie, says deputy minister

MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has yet to be called in for questioning over the Sabah Water Department graft scandal.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim said this was because investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) have not reached a point where Shafie needs to be questioned.

"Although there has been an offer to probe (Shafie), it has not reached the point where Shafie needs to be investigated.

"I would like to stress that the case being investigated is not politically motivated.

"I would like to ask for all quarters to give the MACC and the Attorney-General's Chamber room to probe the case thoroughly to ensure those responsible are brought to justice," he said during a question and answer session at the Dewan Rakyat this morning.

Shafie (Warisan-Semporna), in his supplementary question, had said he had no qualms to be probed over the scandal.

He had also questioned why the case was being investigated as money laundering and not corruption.

To this, Razali (BN-Muar) said the issue did not arise as the punishment provided for the money laundering offence was also stiff.