Monday, March 08, 2010

Wee's alleged link to PKFZ still under MACC probe

Investigations are continuing into allegations of Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong's link to the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (operation) Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull said the MACC had recorded a statement from Wee and did not rule out that he (Wee) might be called again.

"There are several pending matters which had to be addressed before we can complete the case... other witnessed may be called," he told reporters after handing over his duty as MACC investigation director to his successor here today.

Former Malaysian Institute of Integrity deputy president Mustafar Ali replaced Mohd Shukri as MACC investigation director from March 1.

The DAP had called for Wee to be investigated, saying a check showed that he still owns almost half of consultancy firm Hijau Sekitar Sdn Bhd which conducted a study to develop land next to the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ).

Wee also failed in his bid to get an interim injunction to prevent Social Care Foundation chairman Tan Sri Robert Phang Miow Sin and Star Publications (M) Bhd from further publishing alleged defamatory statements linking him to the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.

In another development, Mohd Shukri said the MACC needed a bit more time to close a probe on former political secretary to a senior minister, who was found with RM2 million in cash last month.

"The case involved international bank accounts. So we need a bit more time to trace real estates (acquired) overseas. Give us a bit more time to complete the case," he added.

The MACC released the former political secretary on a RM50,000 bail on Feb 18.

The aide was arrested on Feb 12 under suspicion of committing acts which fall under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 and Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001.

- Bernama

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