KUALA LUMPUR — May 15, 2015: The Sarawak government has pledged its commitment in aiding the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to go against the corrupt.
“We will help them (MACC) so that the main culprits are found so that appropriate action can be taken,” Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said in Sibu today.
Bernama reports from Sibu that Adenan had also asked the MACC to reconsider, vary or revoke the orders to freeze the accounts of individuals and companies suspected to be involved in illegal logging in Sarawak, a request the commission is said to have relented to.
Adenan made the request on the grounds that the companies had thousands of workers waiting for their salaries.
“If this thing goes on and thousands of workers are not paid and the activities of the companies are put on hold, it will affect the local economy,” said Adenan.
Adenan was today briefed by MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd. Shukri Abdull on the progress of ‘Ops Gergaji’ to combat illegal logging.
As of yesterday, Ops Gergaji involving 400 personnel from four agencies, led to the accounts of 519 companies and individuals involving a total of almost RM700 million, frozen.
Simultaneous raids were conducted at 49 locations in Kuching, Kapit, Bintulu, Bakun, Miri and here.
Shukri said the commission needed more time to conduct a thorough investigation into the frozen accounts.
“I assure you that we are doing the best we can. We need time and cooperation from those involved.”