There is no necessity to lodge a police report at this juncture on the leakage in the government’s revenue which is estimated to exceed RM500 million during the implementation of the ministry’s land swap projects, said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu (picture). He said the case was handed over fully to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to conduct further investigations.
“Yes, my ministry has lodged a report on the case last week and it is up to the MACC to handle and investigate the case.
“As such, the case has no connection with the police thus far and let MACC investigate first,” he said.
He said this at a media conference after handing over the 2019 Defence Ministry’s 2019 “Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang” and “Pingat Perkhidmatan dan Pekerti Terbilang” at the Malaysian Armed Forces’ Wisma Perwira in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Last Thursday, a report was made with the MACC on the land swap issue concerning the ministry-owned land involving the Paloh Camp and Hutan Melintang Camp construction projects in Johor and Perak respectively.
The report was made by Defence Ministry special officer Mohd Nasaie Ismail at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya, following the result of an investigation by the Governance, Finance and Procurement Investigation Committee headed by Tan Sri Ambrin Buang, on 16 land swap issues involving land belonging to the Defence Ministry.
Mohd Nasaie, who lodged the report, said both the projects were carried out by the private sector as a result of a land swap involving the Kinrara Camp site in Selangor and Rasah Camp in Negri Sembilan.
On Feb 19, Mohamad in a statement said the ministry had received the final report from the committee headed by Ambrin concerning several ministry projects including the land swaps.
The report of the investigation too had been tabled and accepted by the Cabinet on Feb 13. — Bernama