Two successful years for MACC
Akhbar Satar | 14 Sep 2018 00:30
These two years, 2017 and 2018, can be considered a period of achievement for the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) in solving and addressing cases of corruption and abuse of power involving senior government servants and politicians.
There was also some income recovery for the government with RM300 mil seized nationwide last year and savings from preventing further corruption by the convicted corrupt individuals. According to the World Bank, each country with high corruption on the average loses more than 5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
There were many high profile cases during the period which were investigated and later charged. After the “Sabah Watergate” case was investigated in December 2017, Teo Chee Kong, 52, was slapped with a total of 146 counts of misappropriation involving RM32 mil in what has been touted as one of Malaysia’s most high profile corruption cases. The former deputy director with Sabah Water Department claimed trial and is on RM 1.5 mil bail with two sureties.
The MACC seized RM52 mil cash and froze another RM60 mil in bank accounts following the arrests of two senior department officials. The graftbusters also seized nine luxury vehicles, 94 handbags and an assortment of jewellery and watches.
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