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Thursday, 12 October 2017 | MYT 4:45 PM

MACC chief: It's corruption in our crosshairs, not politics

SEMPORNA: The ongoing probe into the siphoning of funds for rural poor projects is not a political witch-hunt but focussed on eradicating corruption, said Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad.

"We are not investigating a political party. We are investigating any misuse or abuse of government funds meant to benefit the people," said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) chief commissioner, dismissing claims by Parti Warisan Sabah that the probe was politically-motivated.

"Our arrests are not targeting anybody specific, we also have arrested people from Warisan and Umno, among others," he told reporters after visiting the water treatment plant project at Kg Sungai Intan here.

Dzulkifli declined to specify if former rural and regional development minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal or any more of his brothers would be arrested.

"We will call all in due course," he said, adding that 45 people have been questioned with seven people arrested so far. The MACC was also scrutinising over 70 rural development projects in Sabah.

Investigators suspect that some RM1.5bil might have been siphoned out through a network of companies that were granted contracts for the projects.

He said the water treatment plant in Kg Sungai Intan was an example of government funds not reaching the people.

"The project is completed but it is not able to function," he said, adding that people in the area had been waiting for 30 years for piped water.

"As a government agency, MACC wants to ensure that all projects are implemented with honesty and integrity. If anyone abuses their power or commits corrupt practices, we will act against them," he said.