Sabah Water Scandal: Duo To Assist MACC Transfer $$$ From Foreign Banks

Part of the cash that was seized from the two officers' houses. Now hey will help the MACC bring back ill-gotten money stashed overseas.
Part of the cash that was seized from the two officers’ houses. Now they will help the MACC bring back ill-gotten money stashed overseas.

KOTA KINABALU – Two senior officers of the Sabah Water Department who were detained for alleged power abuse involving infrastructure projects will assist the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in transferring money deposited in foreign banks into their bank accounts in the country soon.

A source close to the MACC investigating team said the money would be transferred under the Mutual Legal Assistance, but declined to disclose the amount involved.

The Director of Sabah Water, and his Deputy, being taken in to the Magistrate's Court in Kota Kinabalu on Wednesday to be remanded.
The Director of Sabah Water, and his Deputy, being taken in to the Magistrate’s Court in Kota Kinabalu on Wednesday to be remanded.

“So far, MACC has recorded statements from 23 people in connection with the investigation on ‘Ops Water’. One of them is the younger sibling of a director,” he added.

Last Tuesday, MACC detained the director, Ag Tahir Ag Talib and deputy director, Teo Chee Kong and seized RM114.5 million from them, said to be pay-offs from projects worth RM3.3 billion.

The seizure included 127 land grants, nine luxury vehicles, 94 branded handbags, branded watches and jewellery.

In a related development, he said the commission would call an officer from the Sabah Land and Survey Department to value the land which grants for the property were seized last Monday.

He said the grants were for housing, agriculture and commercial land in several locations in Sabah.

The luxury vehicles -  Range Rover, Mercedes, Volvo, Lexus, Mazda, Audi, BMW, Fortuner and Ford Ranger, that were seized from the director.
The luxury vehicles – Range Rover, Mercedes, Volvo, Lexus, Mazda, Audi, BMW, Fortuner and Ford Ranger, that were seized from the director.

On the seizure of luxury cars in the case, he said, they were bought under a company name belonging to a younger sibling of a director.

“Investigation also revealed that the director had bought a house overseas,” he said, adding that the commission was also investigating a company which handled transactions of money belonging to the deputy director.”