ACA probes Yong over RM5mil payment

Posted by SM Maulana

(The Star) – The Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) is investigating SAPP chief Datuk Yong Teck Lee over the alleged payment of RM5mil, from the sale of shares belonging to a state-owned company to his agents in 1996 when he was Sabah chief minister.

ACA’s director of investigations, Datuk Shukri Abdul said officers from the ACA headquarters would handle the investigation.

“We will focus on the evidence given by a witness (former director of Briskmark Enterprise Sdn Bhd Datuk Wasli Mohd Said) in the High Court on Thursday.

“Everyone believed to be involved in the matter would be called up including Datuk Yong,” he said after launching the closing ceremony of a course to better equip ACA investigators with the latest techniques to detect and fight corruption held in the ACA academy Friday.

He said ACA would conduct their initial investigations under Section 15 for abuse of power and Section 11(a) for accepting bribes, both under the same Anti-Corruption Act.

Datuk Wasli Mohd Said, who was then the general manager of the Sabah Land Development Board (SLDB) had testified that he had met Yong regularly at his office to brief him about the proposed management buyout of 40% shares in Sapi Plantation owned by SLDB.

He was testifying in the trial of former Land and Cooperative Development Minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam, who is alleged to have used his position as SLDB chairman for financial gain by taking part in the decision to approve the proposed sale of 16.8 million Sapi shares held by SLDB to Briskmark.

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