RM150 million frozen following probe into allegedly corrupt ministry officials and firms

A massive RM150 million was frozen by anti-graft officials after investigators closed in on 15 locations in Sabah yesterday (Oct 5), making it the second biggest corruption case to hit Sabah.

Bank accounts with large deposits, cash, and stacks of documents including financial statements were taken, reported The Star.

The raid followed investigations into government officials and firms who allegedly worked together to siphon government funds meant for public welfare and local infrastructure.

Investigation is still underway, confirmed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki.

The MACC will continue to bring in people suspected of being involved with the case for questioning, and more raids can be expected, The Star reported.

Although these individuals include senior officials in the ministry, Datuk Seri Azam Baki declined to confirm if the ministry was involved.

But the MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) did tell the New Straits Times that the commission was aggressively targeting the corrupt stealing from the poor.

“The voice of the poor and underprivileged is often weak and denying the group what is rightfully theirs is the greatest of travesties”, said Azam.

He disclosed that in recent months, the commission has taken up multiple cases that involves the “abuse of power and graft, including civil servants in decision-making positions colluding with the corrupt from the private sector to line their own pockets.”