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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sabah CM's "alleged can of worms" can be opened with aid of a HK opener!

And Malaysians are better served when "corruption" in the country gets onto the international radar. Locally with one ye closed, the government agencies tasked with fighting corruption are too embedded with their political masters that they choose NOT to see the wrongdoings when their own "fly" is opened when bedding down with the same women with their cronies they are supposedly taked with investifgating.

Here/hear it from the Malaysian Insider and whistle-blower extraordinaire:)~~~~

ICAC wants ‘transactional’ info for new probe, says Rafizi

UPDATED @ 07:55:55 PM 23-11-2012
November 23, 2012
Rafizi (second left) said PKR was in possession of documents that would satisfy the ICAC’s requirement. — Picture by Zurairi AR
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 ― Hong Kong graftbusters may renew their probe into the murky RM40 million “political donation” to Sabah Umno if provided with evidence to show the funds were transacted on the island, PKR’s Rafizi Ramli said today.
“I’m very confident that the case will be re-opened. From our discussion with ICAC, they have given an easy evidence test,” the PKR strategy director said in a press conference here, referring to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
“And we do have evidence, documents. That’s why we need to return in two weeks,” said Rafizi, who led a team of PKR lawmakers to Hong Kong on Wednesday in a bid to get authorities there to renew their investigations into the matter.
Rafizi and his team were reluctant, however, to divulge details on the evidence, other than to say it met the ICAC’s requirment, for fear of jeopardising their sources and the investigation.
“There are like three or four files,” Rafizi said, refusing to elaborate further.
Yesterday, the PKR team furnished fresh evidence to the ICAC on Datuk Musa Aman’s RM40 million graft case and were invited to return with more proof on the Sabah chief minister’s alleged money-laundering link with businessman Michael Chia.
According to Rafizi today, the team had met with the Acting Chief Investigator of ICAC Martin Chan Chi-wah, after an immediate appointment was requested by senior Hong Kong legislative councillor James To Kun-sun.
The PKR lawmakers also met with their Hong Kong counterparts To, Leung Kwok-hung and Raymond Wong, who are part of the legislative council’s Security Panel, to which the ICAC answers.
In PKR’s report, three reasons were listed to encourage the world-renowned ICAC to reopen the RM40 million graft probe against Musa and Chia — separate claims from two Sabah MPs that the money was not a political donation to Umno as claimed; and the receipt of a luxury vehicle from Chia by Umno minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, possibly for corrupt reasons.
“They did give us a reference number and I think that by practice here, all cases are opened once a report is lodged,” Rafizi said yesterday in a phone call to The Malaysian Insider.
The fact-finding mission, which had just touched down from Hong Kong, also included PKR MPs William Leong and Lee Hoy Sian, and Perak assemblyman Chang Lih Kang.
Chang and Leong also revealed that HK representatives whom they met were greatly concerned that the island’s image as a financial capital will be tarnished by allegations of graft and money-laundering.
“They hope we can bring justice in Hong Kong and Malaysia,” Leong said.
“It is the responsibility of anyone to help ICAC in investigating money laundering cases ... so that Hong Kong will not be made into a ‘paradise of money-laundering’,” Chang added.
Chia’s alleged link with Musa first exploded in the media following an April article by whistleblower site Sarawak Report, which had claimed that former was caught trying to leave the Hong Kong International Airport with the RM40 million in Singapore currency.
At the time, Chia had allegedly told the authorities that the money was meant for Musa, kicking off a probe on the series of funds transfers from Malaysia to Hong Kong that was then believed to be the possible laundering of monies generated from illegal logging activities in Sabah.
The issue hit headlines again last month when Nazri told Parliament that Musa had been cleared of corruption in the matter after Malaysian and Hong Kong anti-graft authorities found that the money was a “political donation” to Sabah Umno and was not meant for Musa’s personal use.
But in the ensuing debates on the issue, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers chided Nazri for declaring Musa innocent without providing proof that the ICAC had cleared the chief minister of its own accord.
According to Nazri, the ICAC had closed the case after the MACC discovered in its probe that the money in Chia’s possession was meant for Sabah Umno and not Musa.
After Nazri’s denial, Rafizi held a press conference in Parliament revealing what he said was photographic proof that Nazri had allegedly received kickbacks from Chia to clear his name, in the form of a RM459,000 Hummer given to his son.
Nazri later countered by saying his son’s dealings with Chia were unrelated to his duties as a minister.

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