MACC makes report over FB post

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) lodged a police report yesterday following a posting on Facebook that falsely claimed the commission had found no wrongdoing in the multi-million ringgit Sabah Water Department (SWD) scandal.

A MACC officer made the police report at the Putrajaya district police headquarters at about 10am after coming across the comments that were posted on Facebook by a user called "Cikgu Aming".

The officer said in his report that there was malicious intent in the posting as the SWD officials probed over the case had been charged in court on Dec 29 last year.

The Facebook posting read: "MACC confirms SWD scandal has no elements of corruption. Praise God. SWD director found not guilty for keeping tens of million ringgit and no elements of corruption. Attention to all directors of Malaysian government departments!!! You can keep tens of million (Ringgit) in office."

The posting was also accompanied with a photo of the seized cash displayed during a press conference.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki urged the police to investigate those behind the posting as such claims may not just confuse the public and tarnish the commission's image but affect the prosecution's case.

Three people, namely SWD director Ag Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib, 54, his wife, Fauziah Piut, 51 and Sabah Finance Ministry technical and engineering adviser Lim Lam Peng, 62, faced multiple charges for the possession of tens of million in cash, unlawful possession of luxury vehicles, branded wrist watches, jewellery and luxury bags.

They were charged under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.