By Nizam Zain
KUALA LUMPUR – The Federal Government needs to replace the ‘missing’ RM8 billion for the people in Sabah which was allegedly siphoned by Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal when he was the Minister of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW).
The Kalabakan Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh said, although the power abuse case had received widespread coverage from the media, no action is taken against Mohd Shafie.
“I listened carefully to the expenditure stated by KKLW. I am very intrigued that no action is taken against the Semporna Member of Parliament for misusing the RM8 billion fund during his tenure in KKLW despite it was being reported in the mainstream media and television.
“The Federal Government has made a mistake. We want a replacement for the RM 8 billion. The Sabahans are angry,” he said during a media conference at the Parliament today.
Earlier, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) searched the residence of Mohd Shafie, who is now the President of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) at Taman Golf View, Penampang, Sabah on 21 October 2017.
The action was taken following an investigation on the siphoning of public fund worth RM1.5 billion which was channelled through KKLW in Sabah.
Meanwhile, the incumbent Minister of Rural and Regional Development Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the government has submitted the case to the Attorney-General’s Chamber and MACC for investigation.
“We are confident with the efficiency of MACC in carrying out their duties. I believe that if there is a sound case, it will be submitted to the Attorney-General and he will take actions,” he said.
He also gave his guarantee to raise the issue in the Cabinet meeting so that the interests of the Sabahans will be taken care of.
“In terms of replacements, insya-Allah, I cannot make decision on that. However, I will bring up the issue during the meeting,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette.