NGO urges MACC to expedite probe on assistant minister

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Kuching headquarters.

KUCHING, Feb 10: Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia) is urging the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to expedite its investigations on reports lodged against Gedong assemblyman Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais.

Sadia, in a statement today, noted that a number of reports had been lodged against the Assistant Minister of Entrepreneur and Small, Medium Enterprise (SME) Development, including the latest one by retired journalist Joseph Tawie on Friday.

The association said through that, several documents had been handed over to MACC over Naroden’s alleged possessions of vast tracts of land in Simunjan.

“Since these allegations are very serious involving the assistant minister and (a matter) which is also of public interest, MACC should immediately open their investigations,” said Sadia secretary-general Nicholas Mujah.

“A number of reports have been lodged, but what are the outcomes of the investigations?”

He urged the state MACC to emulate the examples of its counterparts in West Malaysia, who carried out their investigations without fear or favour.

Apart from Joseph, a group of Malay farmers from Gedong and Simunjan had also lodged an MACC report recently against the assistant minister over their land at Kpg Lubok Bunting and Lubok Punggor. — DayakDaily