Taib Mahmud cleared of all wrongdoing by AGC: Liew
PARLIAMENT | Sarawak governor Abdul Taib Mahmud had been cleared of all criminal wrongdoing by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong. Kow Gah Chie of MalaysiaKini reports –
“The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had conducted a few investigations against the former Sarawak chief minister,” he said in a parliamentary reply today.
“All the investigation findings had been referred to the AGC for further decision,” the de facto law minister added.
“After deliberating the existing evidence, the AGC decided that all the investigation papers involving the issue would be closed in 2013,” he said.
Back in 2013, AGC was helmed by attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail.
Liew was responding to Kelvin Yii (Harapan-Bandar Kuching) who had asked if the MACC would prioritise and start probing Taib for allegations of abuse of power and corruption which have been reported by the foreign media for years.
In May, the leader of Sarawak NGO Movement for Change Sarawak, Francis Paul Siah, had called on newly appointed MACC chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull to reopen the file on Taib.
Siah reminded Mohd Shukri that he had lodged a MACC report against Taib back in March 2011, but seven years had elapsed without a single update on the file.
Earlier this month, Shukri had said that MACC will require new witnesses or evidence to reopen its probe on alleged corruption against Taib.
According to Shukri, 15 separate investigations were initiated against Taib in the past and submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers but the latter found that no charges could be pressed against the latter.
Soon after taking office as the prime minister for the second time, Mahathir was seen meeting Taib Mahmud in Kuala Lumpur.
The prime minister had also urged those with evidence of alleged corruption in Sarawak to adduce it.
Taib ruled Sarawak as chief minister from 1981 and 2014, the longest-serving chief executive ever of a Malaysian state.
His tenure was riddled with allegations of corruption, unbridled deforestation and allegations that his family members had extensive business interests in government projects.
Taib’s party PBB, along with PRS, PDP and SUPP, which had previously formed Sarawak BN, left the coalition to form Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS),
GPS won 19 parliamentary seats out of 31 in Sarawak.