Sunday, April 8, 2012

Anifah named in MACC probe into Sabah timber graft

Anifah named in MACC probe into Sabah timber graft - Malaysiakini

Foreign Minister Anifah Aman has been a secret beneficiary of lucrative timber licences in Sabah thanks to his elder brother, Chief Minister Musa Aman, said Sarawak Report.

The whistleblower website said it has in its possession leaked Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) documents showing its investigators had concluded that the Sabah chief minister had corruptly issued timber licences to his brother worth tens of millions of ringgit.

According to Sarawak Report, the documents form part of a major investigation by the MACC into timber corruption after an agent and nominee for Musa Aman, Michael Chia, was caught attempting to smuggle RM16 million out of Hong Kong in 2008.

“However, the investigation has been blocked at the highest levels and its findings kept secret, until now.

“Our informants say that the brothers’ relative and fellow Sabahan, attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail, has refused to allow charges to be brought and PM Najib Razak has scandalously turned a blind eye to the affair.”

Sarawak Report claimed that Abdul Gani, who is closely connected to the Aman family, has refused to pursue the case.

“Indeed the attorney-general has forced the MACC to shelve its entire investigation in Sabah, which was one of the largest and most extensive ever undertaken by that body, and involved sums amounting to billions of ringgit siphoned out of the state by corruption at the highest level.”

Last week, MACC deputy commissioner (operations) Mohd Shukri Abdull lamented that Attorney-General's Chambers had refused to bring many “valid cases” the commission had investigated to court due to “insufficient evidence”.

Major conflict of interest

The website said with Gani’s close relationship with the Musa family, the AG should have opted out of making a decision on the investigations.

“In such cases, where there is a plain conflict of interest the government’s top law officer has to be seen to be acting from a position of impartiality,” said Sarawak Report.

The website detailed documents in their possession that named Anifah and a nephew, Hairul Aman as beneficiaries of two major timber concessions through two companies allegedly linked to them.

One, Aktif Syabas Sdn Bhd, had license to harvest 4,336 hectares of timber in Yayasan Sabah land, and purchase residual timber from another 3,000 hectares.

“The other deal, made with the company Para Era Sdn Bhd, is even more shocking. It allows the concessionaire to extract timber from 2,000 hectares of virgin forest at the Pinagah Forest Reserve (above, circled),” it said.

Sarawak Report lamented that the forest reserve was “totally razed by 2007".

Recalling a “headline-grabbing case” in 2007 where MACC had detained 20 lorries and 5,000 logs worth millions allegedly harvested from virgin forests, the whistleblower noted that not a single arrest had precipitated.

“Tragically, our information is that the forest reserve was totally razed by 2007, despite the strictures about only felling trees over 60cm.

“This MACC information substantiates complaints from within the industry that Musa Aman has turned existing corruption in Sabah’s timber business into a full-scale rape of the remaining forests in the state.”

The Anifah connection

Sarawak Report added that it was noteworthy that both deals were awarded shortly after Musa became chief minister and chairperson of the board of trustees of Yayasan Sabah in 2003.

It said while Musa was not named directly in any of the companies’ public documents, the practice of employing nominees was a “standard” practice in Sabah.

“...insiders claim that the use of nominees is standard in the Sabah timber business and clearly the investigation by MACC officials led them to conclude, after months of investigation, that the foreign minister was the true concessionaire," it said.

It added that the leaked papers in their possession show that the MACC investigators "did believe there was such a corrupt link and that Aman was the beneficiary”.


drako drakonius said...

Pinagah Forest Reserve is one of 12 forest reserve that the State Government efforts of in favour of water catchment conservation in Malaysia, through the passage of the Forests (Constitution of Forest Reserves and Amendment) Enactment 1984. Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Nasrun Datu Mansor said with the development nearly half of Sabah’s 7.6 million-hectare land area is now under permanent forest cover.

A total of 3.6 million hectares were now preserved as forests ranging from the unique karangas jungles in the south western Sipitang districts to mangroves at islands along the east coast.

In this regard, Sabah has exceeded the national forestry policy requiring the states to preserve 47 per cent of their land under forest cover.

drako drakonius said...

The amount of Class 1 Protection Forest Reserves had been increased by more than 22,000 hectares, nearly the size of Penang island.

The State now had more than 3.6mil hectares of such forests compared to about 3.5mil hectares previously.

The amount of mangrove and virgin forest reserves had also increased by 4,647 hectares and 486 hectares respectively following the amendments.

drako drakonius said...

The State now had more than 320,000 hectares of mangrove forests while its virgin jungle reserves now stood at more than 92,000 hectares.

The amount of amenity forest reserves for recreational use had also been increased by 344 hectares to more than 21,000 hectares.

Conversely, Sabah was reducing the amount of its commercial forest reserves by 17,594 hectares from 2.63mil hectares to make way for the increased Class 1 Protection Forest Reserves.

drako drakonius said...

The intention is to leave as much of forests untouched for future generations. The amendment was also to re-classify two Second Class Forest Reserves (commercial) and First Class Forest Reserve (Protection).

The amendment was also to re-gazzette four existing forest reserves for coordination and updating of the Forest Enactment Schedule 1984.

The newly created I Class forest reserves are Gomantong-Geluang-Gesusu (590ha) in Kudat, Bukit Hampuan (1,253ha) in Ranau, Bukau Api-Api (2,095ha) in Beaufort and Ganui (330ha) that used to be in the Sabah Forest Industries’ concession area.

drako drakonius said...

Also 900ha of Sipitang Forest Reserve and 16,750ha of Sungai Pinangah and Gunung Rara Forest Reserves were re-classified as Protection Forest Reserve (Class 1) to be known as Sipitang Forest Reserve (Class I) and Imbak Canyon Forest Reserve (Class I), respectively.

These areas are found to be suitable for water catchment, maintaining climate stability, soil protection, research, education, flora and fauna conservation and eco-tourism.

Under the amendment, 56ha of the Deramakot forest was also constituted and classified as a Commercial Forest Reserve (Class II) to be known as Deramakot Forest Reserve (Extension).

drako drakonius said...

The areas classified as Amenity Forest Reserves (Class IV) among others were Pulau Tabun (16 ha) and Pulau Saranga (18 ha) in Lahad Datu and the 8.53 ha land on which the State Forestry Department headquarters is located in Sandakan, Batu Punggul (150 ha) in Labang Valley, Sapulut, Nabawan.

About 791 ha of Pulau Malawali (100km east of Kudat) and 3,856.56 ha of Sungai Lasun and Pulau Evans forests in Lahad Datu are to be constituted and classified as Mangrove Forest Reserve (Class V).

Unknown said...

dakwaan ini belum tentu lagi benar, lebih2 lagi ia dikeluarkan oleh Sarawak Report.

madd said...

dakwaan ini kalau benar mana buktinya?

madd said...

dalam politk ada saja yang akan dimainkan untuk menjatuhkan seseorang.

madd said...

lagi baik tunggulah penjelasan pasal isu ini diberikan.

Hosie Masie said...

Datuk Musa linked to corruption. I'm not sure why, but for my own opinion this is probably the only certain strategy to topple Datuk Musa Aman. Because we know Datuk Musa is clean with all the personal problems. That is why corruption is linked with Datuk. Because this issue is easily created by their selfishness. But it will not undermine the people's support to him. Previously been linked to corruption issues. But until now the people of Sabah themselves do give support to him. This means that the issue of corruption associated with him has no effect and undermine the support of the population.

Unknown said...

Jika Datuk Musa mengamalkan Rasuah pasti sudah lama Sabah akan bankrup dan tidak maju seperti sekarang. Kebolehan datuk musa dalam pengurusan dan pentadbiran membuat ada pihak yang cemburu dan cuba menjatuhkan beliau dari jawatan KM tesebut. Yang pasti itu adalah faktanya. Jadi tidak hairan dengan pelbagai isu yang dipermainkan oleh pihat tertentu yang mengaitkan Datuk Musa. Yang pasti Datuk Musa adalah pemimpin yang berjiwa rakyat dan prihatin. Mari kita terus bersama-sama menyokong usaha yang dibuat oleh beliau.

nickko said...

how was it possible that confidential information and documents can leak from the MACC office? are some MACC officers on the take by selling information?

If it’s true, it certainly a big embarrassment to this country and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak that an organization formed to fight corruption is well into the same vice themselves.

nickko said...

the original source of this article is from Sarawak Report.. the ultimate objective of Sarawak Report was to topple Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud from power in the 2011 State Elections which they failed miserably. Taib still managed to retain two-thirds majority and proved wrong the doomsayers who predicted his imminent defeat.

frustrated with their failure in Sarawak, they are now turning to other states in Malaysia to do the opposition's bidding. and now they begin with Sabah by using forged and recycle documents..

nickko said...

the most corrupted CM is none other than YTL.. how can he give away 300 000 hectare of our valuable forest reserve to his 265 cronies?? in only two years we Sabahan lost a huge land(forest) which the size is 5 times bigger than singapore..

nickko said...

maybe, the MACC should clear the air whether it is their practice to release in-house confidential to the public of cases where no charges have been brought against those suspected to be involved in a crime.

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