Ball is in AG’s court on Prasarana power abuse

by AFIQ AZIZ / graphic by MZUKRI MOHAMAD

THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has concluded its probe on the power abuse issue in Prasarana Malaysia Bhd.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the investigation paper has been submitted to the Attorney General’s (AG) office two weeks ago and MACC is now awaiting the feedback and evaluation.

Azam said several cases were found against an individual in Prasarana in which most of the cases are related to abuse of power.

He did not mention any names, but since last year, media had been reporting on power tussles between chairman Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman and former CEO Muhammad Nizam Alias, which had led to the latter’s dismissal in February.

“Let us wait for the AG to study the case and decide the next course of action. Most of the cases involve the element of power abuse under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009,” Azam told the press in Kuala Lumpur (KL) yesterday.

It was reported that the antigraft body went to Prasarana headquarters in Bangsar, KL, on Jan 4 following media reports on the company.

Prasarana assured that its management had cooperated with the investigation process.

The Edge reported in December that Tajuddin exerted his duty as the non-executive chairman by asking the board to terminate an ongoing transit-oriented development in Dang Wangi, KL, in which Tajuddin’s family has interest in.

The Malaysian Reserve also reported that Prasarana was looking to have more say in appointing a subcontractor for the ongoing Light Rail Transit Line 3 project, which was said to be in appropriate as Prasarana had already appointed MRCB-George Kent Sdn Bhd (MRCB-GK) as the turnkey contractor.

The report also said Prasarana was giving MRCB-GK a hard time with progress payment as the consortium could not agree with Prasarana’s request.

Tajuddin dismissed all of the allegations in a packed press conference at Prasarana headquarters, the same day MACC visited the office.

Azam said MACC has compiled all statements from witnesses throughout the investigation process.

On another development, Azam said MACC would not probe into claims of political interference in the Police Force Commission as stated by former IGP Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

He said it is an internal issue within the police force.

“Let the police settle it themselves. I do not wish to give any comment,” he said.

In his final press conference last week, Abdul Hamid opened fire at Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, alleging that there has been political interruption related to the changes of police officers.

Earlier, an audio clip of Hamzah and another individual was leaked to the public, discussing the arrangement of senior police officer posts.

Hamzah defended that as the SPP chairman, he had the right to do so.

Meanwhile, Azam said the MACC did not find any proof of corruption related to the MPs switching sides, as claimed by Abdul Hamid in the same presser.

“As of now, there is no party-hopping law that can stop politicians from switching sides and recent investigations found that there was no money transaction to prove that the MPs had been bought to change their support,” Azam said.