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MACC reopens case into former Penang DCM

PENANG, 19 Aug 2009: The state Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has reopened an investigation into an alleged corruption case linking former deputy chief minister (I) Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin.

Its director, Latifah Md Yatim, said the decision to reopen the investigation on the matter was made after the MACC received new documentary evidence from the public in June.

“Earlier, due to insufficient evidence, we closed the investigation on the matter… but now, we have received new evidence from public to investigate further.

“I will make sure no stone is left unturned as we have recorded statements from quite a number of people, including (Chief Minister) Lim Guan Eng last week, and a few [state] executive councillors,” she told reporters here today.

Latifah was responding to Lim’s call to the MACC to explain why it was reopening the case after the commission had closed the matter.

Nevertheless, she said, the state MACC had completed the investigation and that investigation papers had been submitted to the MACC headquarters for the next course of action.

The investigation on Mohammad Fairus began in March this year. A month later, the MACC decided that statements recorded when investigating the case did not provide the basis for prosecution, and closed the case.

Subsequently, Mohamad Fairus, who is from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), resigned as deputy chief minister I and as state executive councillor on 8 April. On 16 April, he also quit as Penanti assemblyperson. — Bernama

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