PKR lodges MACC report over RM1 million allegedly received by SUPP

Jeffery Mok

KUCHING, May 28: A Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) youth leader has lodged an official report at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters here against Sarawak United Peoples’ Party for allegedly receiving money from the debt-burdened 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

PKR Stampin deputy youth chief Jeffery Mok also named SUPP’s president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian in his report lodged with MACC this morning, which is thought to be the first official report against the party since allegations of SUPP receiving RM1 million from 1MDB funds surfaced.

The money, in two cheques issued to ‘Sarawak United People’s Party” amounting to RM500,000 dated 2012 and 2013 respectively, was exposed by whistleblower website Sarawak Report in a story titled “Why did Najib pay RM1 million to SUPP from his ‘Saudi Donor’ account?”.

Jeffery said the MACC officer on duty Dayang Nuradidah took his statement and he had handed over copies of alll evidence, including a copy of the cheques as published in Sarawak Report’s story, to MACC for their further action and investigation.

“We were also notified by the officer in charge as 1MDB is one of the biggest scandals, any report or complaint lodged related to the trouble state fund will be sent directly to the 1MDB Taskforce,” he said, adding that he would continue to follow up on the matter.

Following Mok’s earlier press conference calling  onSUPP to come clean over the matter, SUPP Youth Chief Michael Tiang responded by urging Mok to lodge an official report instead of making accusation in the media.

“We view this allegation against SUPP seriously and we applaud that SUPP Youth Chief (Micheal Tiang) shares the same view with us and in view of that, we urge that SUPP facilitate MACC in any form they can even before a formal investigation paper is drawn up in order to clear SUPP’s name from such allegations and to uphold integrity and transparency to the public,” Mok told reporters today.

The new Pakatan Harapan government is now fulfilling its pledge to investigate 1MDB, dubbed as the largest corruption scandal in the world, which is unable to pay its debts.

A special task force headed by former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and three other leaders has been formed to investigate 1MDB.

The taskforce  include Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull, former MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed and former Special Branch deputy director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said earlier this week the previous government under former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak deceived the public and Parliament over the country’s financial situation and 1MDB, and that it had been bailing out debt-burdened 1MDB since April 2017, paying a total of RM6.98 billion so far. — DayakDaily