No Trip To Putrajaya After All; MACC Pulls Back Orders For Peter Anthony

Peter Anthony, with Martin Tommy, his lawyer, left, speaking to newsmen outside the Sabah MACC office Tuesday morning after he was told to report himself to Putrajaya on Wednesday. Less than two hours later, the order was withdrawn; Martin said no reasons were given.

By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Peter Anthony, the beleaguered Parti Warisan Sabah vice president does not have to go to Putrajaya on Wednesday after all.

Barely two hours after ordering the businessman-turned-politician to appear at its headquarters in Putrajaya, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), withdrew its summons.

No reasons were given for the U turn, said Martin Tommy, a lawyer acting for Peter.

“I do not know why it was withdrawn, they called me to inform me that the warrant to appear in Putrajaya had been cancelled until further notice,” he said when contacted by BorneoToday.

Martin said the call informing about the cancellation came about 90 minutes after they left the Sabah MACC office.

Peter and Junz Wong at the Karamunsing police station Tuesday afternoon where they and several other Parti Warisan leaders went to give their statements for allegedly holding illegal gatherings.

At about 9.30am on Tuesday, Peter had gone to the Sabah MACC office along Jalan UMS-Sulaman after he was called up on Monday to go there.

It is understood that the ‘new’ investigation centres on a 2015 case involving certain contracts carried out at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).

Speaking to the media after a brief appearance at the MACC Sabah office, Peter told reporters:

“This morning I was called by Sabah MACC to assist in an investigation but was not told what it was about.

“Then I was informed by an officer that I have to go to the MACC headquarters tomorrow (Wednesday).

“I do not know what the case is it about. I am ever ready to take myself to the MACC office anytime they need me to assist in their investigations.”

Peter was among 13 people including Shafie Apdal, the Parti Warisan president who were detained in connection with MACC investigations into alleged misappropriation of federal funds meant for rural projects for Sabah.

All of them have been released on MACC bail.

Peter and some 29 Warisan leaders and members including Junz Wong, a vice-president and Mohd Azis Jamman, the Wira (Youth) chief, were later seen at the Karamunsing police station Tuesday afternoon to give statements regarding several illegal gatherings recently.

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