Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Taib expects to repond to corruption allegation

Posted on June 21, 2011, Tuesday
KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said today he will make an official statement tomorrow on the allegations of corruption against him.
However, he did not elaborate further on how he was going to respond to the opposition’s ploy of making use of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation against him.
“They (oppositions) are barking up the wrong tree.
“They will have a surprise tomorrow,” he told reporters after attending the opening of the State Legislative Assembly by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng at Petra Jaya, here.
On June 9, MACC Chief Commissioner, Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed confirmed that MACC was investigating Taib over allegations of timber corruption.
Abu Kassim was responding to a question on whether MACC was looking at carrying out similar action as the Swiss Anti-Corruption Agency, which recently froze the assets of Taib over allegations of timber corruption.
According to a foreign news report, Swiss Federation president Micheline Calmy-Rey was reported to be aware of the allegations and had forwarded the information on Taib’s asset in Switzerland to its regulatory body, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (Finma) for investigation. – Bernama

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