MACC searching for Warisan VP and lawyer as part of embezzlement probe

PUTRAJAYA: Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president Datuk Peter Anthony, who was arrested in October last year over an ongoing investigation into the alleged embezzlement of RM155 million disbursed by the federal government as part payment for agricultural land in Sabah, is being sought by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

MACC investigators are also looking for lawyer Michael Persius Ubu, 61, who has since last month been sought by the commission over the case.

The MACC, in a statement today, gave the duo 48 hours to give themselves up at the Sabah MACC headquarters to assist in the investigations into the case.

The last known address of Anthony, 46, is 20, Taman Cantek Phase 4, Lorong Bunga Dahlia 3, Kota Kinabalu, while Ubu's is Lot 8-G, Lorong Rainfiled 1, Taman Rainfield, Kota Kinabalu.

The MACC urged those with information on the whereabouts of the duo to contact the commission's senior superintendent Mohd Tharuzi Mohd Nor at 013-9557850.

Anthony was arrested by the MACC on Oct 6 last year and was remanded for eight days for investigations.

The probe also saw former Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal who is Parti Warisan Sabah president, and his two siblings arrested in the course of the probe last year.

The RM155 million in question was a 10% downpayment for the purchase of a RM1.5 billion oil palm plantation in Tongod.

The RM1.5 billion was allocated for projects in rural Sabah and it is believed that ministry officials tasked to undertake rural development between 2009 and 2015 had colluded with 60 companies to pull off the alleged embezzlement.