MACC needs to update public on Sarawak’s RM31 mil musical fountain project

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By Emma Victoria

THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has been urged to keep the people updated about the status of investigation of the RM31. 89 million musical fountain built in front of the Sarawak assembly complex.

Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong said instead of wasting time and resources going after DAP leaders, the authorities should put more serious effort to probe the state government’s project.

“It is a well-known fact that the infamous RM31. 89 million musical fountain is tainted with questions of accountability and integrity, particularly as the project was submitted, evaluated, approved and awarded within a short span of 36 days to a private company without any open tender.

“All the concerns and issues which I have voiced out many times concerning the project were vindicated in the second series of the Auditor General’s Report for 2018,” she said.

“In December last year, I personally visited the headquarters of MACC office to hand over evidence, in order for the officers to conduct a thorough investigation into the musical fountain project.

“However, with great disappointment, for the past nine months, there is no progress report at all from MACC to keep the public informed about the matter,” she said in a statement.

“If MACC can be so efficient in investigating and charging former finance minister Lim Guan Eng and his wife in court, which many see as political prosecutions, why can’t MACC extend the same efficiency in going after those involved in this musical fountain project that was handled in a suspicious manner?

“This has made many to wonder if MACC has now become a tool used to prosecute a selected few from the opposition.

“I am greatly puzzled to see that with so much evidence in hand, MACC is still toothless and unable to act on the musical fountain case.

“On the other hand, the MACC could easily prosecute both Lim and his wife even though there was no sign or evidence at all that money is sitting in their personal or firm’s bank accounts. Is this not considered as practicing selective prosecution by MACC?” she questioned.

Yong said MACC should waste no time in discharging their duties by quickly completing their investigations on the musical fountain project and make sure those who have abused the power are nailed and received the necessary punishment under the law.

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