Musa Aman Claims He Has No Idea Relative Was Awarded Water Project

Musa Aman says he cannot stop relatives who are friendly with Shafie Apdal from getting government contracts.

By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Chief Minister said Shafie Apdal, a former Umno colleague, should let the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) do its job investigating alleged corruption involving the Rural and Regional Development ministry.

Musa Haji Aman said Shafie, who was the minister at that time, should be more composed in handling the situation instead hurling accusations and trying to implicate others.

“There is no need to panic,” he said in a statement issued by his Press secretary Tuesday night, in apparent response to remarks made by the Parti Warisan Sabah President at Parliament earlier in the day.

“There is nothing to fear if you are not in the wrong like the Malay saying, ‘berani kerana benar, takut kerana salah’ (brave if innocent, afraid if guilty).”

The Sungai Intan water treatment plant in Semporna that has become the target of an investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. – Photo courtesy of NST online

When debating the 2018 budget, Shafie who is also Semporna Member of Parliament had claimed that the Sungai Intan water treatment plant in his constituency was awarded to a company that was owned Musa’s relative.

Although he did not name names, Shafie disclosed that the consultant for the RM45 million project was Shahelmey Yahya, the assistant secretary of Sabah Umno Youth as well as Putatan Umno division chief.

Shafie made the remarks after accusations were hurled at him that he owned 20 percent in the company that undertook the project. He was once Minister of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW) while still an Umno vice president before he quit the party.

Shafie is also at the centre of an MACC investigation into alleged misappropriation of funds meant for rural projects in Sabah while he was KKLW minister from 1999 to 2015.

Semporna is a fast growing town in the east coast with hundreds of tourist arrivals daily, and the Sungai Intan water treatment plant was constructed to supply water to the township.

In his statement, Musa said up till now, he had not said a word about the case despite being openly attacked in ceramah and social media by the opposition, in particular, Parti Warisan.

“However, today I feel compelled to say something because he (Shafie) tried to implicate me in Parliament by saying someone related to me got a project,” said the Sabah Umno chief.

“I was not even aware of the project in question. I have a large extended family, and I can’t stop those who are friendly to Shafie from getting projects.”

He said Shafie should be more gentlemanly in his conduct and not use parliamentary immunity and diversionary tactics to remove the spotlight from him.

He also said MACC had hauled in individuals from both sides of the political divide in its investigation of corruption cases in the country.

“The issue of this case being politically motivated does not arise because MACC has gone after people from the ruling party in many other cases,” he said.

He pointed MACC should be allowed to conduct its official investigation without fear or favour and certainly without all the dramatic ranting.

“May be some people have the time to whine and rant all over the place but I do not because I have a state to take care of,” he added.

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