April 5, 2013
Sarawak : Pehin Sri taunts Abu Kassim’s MACC
by Hazlan Zakaria@http://www.malaysiakini.com
Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has today accused the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation of himself for graft as “victimisation”, reserving his cooperation as he believes that they have been “naughty and dishonest”.
“They (MACC) don’t deserve my cooperation because they have been naughty… and they have not been honest,” he said when met after attending the BN supreme council meeting in Kuala Lumpur today.
However, he stressed that he is not afraid of being investigated by the anti-graft body.”Let them victimise me… Let them do what they want as long as they are fair, I am not scared,” said the veteran BN politician.
When asked if he feels that the shadow of the corruption investigation made him a liability to BN, Taib has dismissed the matter. “I am a liability? I won the last election with more than two-thirds majority and they do not care about this thing,” responded the long-time Sarawak Chief Minister.
‘MACC probe has no major impact’
He also dismissed the MACC investigation as not having a major impact on the support of the Sarawakians for him and the BN coalition.“It is out of tune with the local sentiments,” he argued.
Last month, international corruption watchdog Global Witness had released a video expose of alleged corruption in the Sarawak timber industry by hiring an actor posing as a foreign timber investor.
In the expose released simultaneously on broadcaster Al-Jazeera and Malaysiakini, the actor made video records of his conversation with close relatives and self-professed confidants of Taib, who had allegedly offered him land still inhabited by natives and offered to show him how to cheat his way out of paying taxes.
The relatives of Taib were also depicted as being very dismissive of native rights.
Taib has since dismissed the conversations as “normal business discussions” by several individuals who had overstated their importance and relations to him for try and win business from the actor involved.