Explain decision to cease probe into musical fountain project, MACC urged

The new Darul Hana musical fountain lighting up the Sarawak River with the State Legislative Assembly complex in the background. – ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

By Emma Victoria

PENDING assemblywoman is shocked that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has ceased its investigations into the RM31.89 million Darul Hana Musical Fountain project.

Violet Yong said the commission had decided there will be no prosecution and further action despite the project being awarded to a private company with zero experience in building musical fountains and without any open tender.

“This was the answer given to Stampin MP Chong Chieng Jen, who submitted question regarding the project during the Parliament sitting, recently.

“MACC’s decision shows another black mark in Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin’s government, a total opposite to what he had pledged after he took helm as the Prime Minister, where he promised the people to lead a government that practices integrity of the highest level and corruption free,” she said in a statement today.

Yong said the second series of the Auditor General’s Report for 2018 had stated  that the Kuching Waterfront Musical Fountain was submitted, evaluated, approved and awarded within a short span of 36 days.

“It was a project that was never budgeted for and was whisked through in a high handed fast-tracked manner by the Sarawak government.

“May I ask MACC, if they were to look into the allegations that 101 projects were allegedly awarded through direct negotiations under Pakatan Harapan government, why is MACC ending its investigation on the musical fountain project which  was obviously done through direct negotiation by the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg?,” she questioned.

“Are we witnessing another double standard practised by the anti-graft agency where investigation is only conducted on alleged PH’s direct negotiation projects and not on projects in the Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional era.

“I call on the MACC to give its full justification in reaching such a perplexed decision particularly with such a case that is not only tainted with questions of accountability and integrity but also poor implementation with the contractor not adhering to the terms of the contract agreement,” Yong stressed.

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