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Sunday, 13 August 2017 | MYT 2:09 PM

MACC to hold bauxite stockpile for 18 months

KUANTAN: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) can hold bauxite stockpiles in Pahang for up to 18 months once notices of seizure are issued.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki said the ore would not be removed from the stockpile for any purposes.

He said the action was to allow MACC to investigate allegations of corruption involving the state Land and Mines Office and the Customs Department.

Azam announced on Saturday that over 10 million tonnes of bauxite still stockpiled on government and private land in the state would be seized.

He said MACC had also proposed to the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to carry out a review on the issuance of Approval Permits (AP) to bauxite mine operators and to revoke all previous APs.