KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has not opened any investigation papers into the 101 projects awarded by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government through direct negotiations, MACC chief commissioner Azam Baki said today.
He said the anti-graft agency’s role was to probe corruption and abuse of power, adding that none of the two factors were mentioned in the Dewan Rakyat when the finance minister raised the matter.
“We haven’t opened any investigation papers yet because it is not easy to identify the companies allegedly involved in corruption and abuse of power.
“So, I don’t want to comment much. What has been disclosed in Parliament is related to something done by the PH government previously, that is all.
“In Parliament, there was no mention of corruption and abuse of power related to the 101 projects. So we’re still studying the projects and I cannot comment in detail,” he told reporters at an event here today.
Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz revealed last month in the Dewan Rakyat that 101 projects worth RM6.61 billion had been approved through direct negotiation under PH.
His reply to an MP’s question caused an uproar in the house with MPs from both sides of the political divide shouting at each other.
The MACC then said in a statement it would scrutinise the projects approved through direct negotiation under the PH administration.
Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng challenged Tengku Zafrul to make public the list of projects, adding that even if the figure was true, it would only make up some 1.4% of total government procurement worth RM477 billion during PH’s tenure.
Tengku Zafrul later published the full list of projects with a breakdown by ministry, and some were found to have been approved by the previous Barisan Nasional administration and renewed under PH.
Meanwhile, Azam also said their probe into the recent Sungai Gong pollution that led to water disruptions to some 1.2 million households in the Klang Valley was ongoing, with the agency working with the police and other authorities.