No new evidence, no probe on Taib

KUCHING: There are no evidence and new facts that could enable the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate any alleged wrongdoing by Sarawak Governor Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Taib Mahmud

As a result, the MACC did not reopen investigation papers on allegations of corruption and abuse of power by Abdul Taib.

The matter was revealed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong, when giving a written reply to Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii at a parliamentary session in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

According to Liew, the MACC had received information from Bruno Manser Fund and Sarawak Report but it was not new.

“This is because the content of the information is similar to the previously opened investigation.

“Therefore, it is not a new evidence to enable MACC to reopen the investigation papers,” he said in his reply.

He said if there were new evidence, there would be no restriction on MACC to reopen their investigation.

“In fact, lawyers have reviewed the case against Abdul Taib and decided on no prosecution,” he said.

Former MACC chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull said his party could not take action against Abdul Taib despite having investigated 15 cases.

He stated that the cases were open in 2015 and 2016.

Investigation showed nothing could be attributed to Abdul Taib as the decisions were made by others.

Earlier this month, Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) called on MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya to reopen an investigation on Abdul Taib.

He was Sarawak Chief Minister for 33 years from 1981 to 2014 before becoming Yang di-Pertua Negeri.