Sarawak –how 60% of the Funds were diverted into other uses .

04Dec09

The Borneo Post Nov 26 2009 carried an article by Jacob Achoi entitled “
MACC exposes abuse, flaw in spending of allocations for certain projects in Sarawak “
The article continued “

KUCHING: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Sarawak has uncovered government projects in the state where up to 60 per cent of their funding were diverted elsewhere. This startling finding was revealed by MACC deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Datuk Zakaria Jaffar here yesterday, but he did not divulge the extent of such abuses.
“Based on the investigations the Sarawak MACC carried out on specific and real cases (projects), only about 40 per cent of the allocations were spent while the remaining 60 per cent is ‘bocor’ (leaked out),” he said.
He said this at a press conference after closing a corruption prevention seminar at a hotel here.
According to Zakaria, the investigations were carried out on some completed projects between 2002 and last year.
Without disclosing where the projects were and the number of projects investigated, he said they included roads, low-cost houses and mosques.
Zakaria pointed out that while some projects were poorly completed, there were others that never took-off although payment was made. “

So far, 8 days after this bombshell, the response from the State Government has been meek and mild . The Deputy Chief Minister, 2nd in the State Cabinet can only mentioned that he would recommend that an internal audit be done to verify how the State funds for the period 2002 to 2007 were utilised. Another senior State Minister was reported to have said, the State Government would be requesting the MACC to give a briefing. I would have thought the Chief Minister would have put into effect his crisis plan –but then, it could be in his mind this matter is not be a crisis at all . I would have expected him to come down like thunder to deny all the charges and demand apology from the MACC but he did not.

Like a good poker player, he is keep cool . What could be his last card ? Or is he calling a bluff.

In the meantime, I waited with bated breath for the next step, the next chapter.



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