KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 11, 2012): The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has cleared Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman of corruption allegations involving RM40 million which were said to be kickbacks for approvals of timber licences.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the Attorney-General's Chambers found no element of corruption after studying and considering the evidence and investigation papers presented by MACC.
“The funds were contributions to the Sabah Umno liaison body and not for the personal use of the chief minister,” said Nazri in a written reply to a question from Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) today.
Tian Chua had asked for the reasons why prosecutors have yet to take action against Musa and Michael Chia upon completion of investigations by MACC, and following the suit filed by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Hong Kong at the Switzerland Court.
Nazri said based on the ICAC's investigation and that of MACC's, the ICAC decided not to take any further action.
“As for the case filed at the Switzerland court, it was merely an application for assistance, under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act, sought by the ICAC to investigate the case,” he added. Nazri said that the application had also been retracted.
In 2008, a businessman, identified as Michael Chia, was caught at the Hong Kong International Airport with Singapore currency worth RM40 million in his luggage before be could board a flight to Kuala Lumpur.
Chia was charged with money laundering and trafficking by the ICAC. It was reported that Chia had at that time allegedly told the ICAC that the money belonged to Musa. However, Musa has denied any link with Chia.
Whistleblower website Sarawak Report has linked the monies to timber kickbacks, which it said were bound for Musa's pockets for approving timber licences. However, Musa has denied all the allegations.
Musa instead accused Sarawak Report of defaming him, claiming the graft allegations were likely part of a conspiracy by his detractors who wanted to topple Barisan Nasional in Sabah.
He said he would offer full co-operation to the authorities if he was required to but stressed that his focus was on serving the state instead of entertaining frivolous allegations.