Second sand theft report to be lodged

(The Star) – Another report will be lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) next week by Selangor Umno Youth regarding the state’s Select Committee of Competency, Accountability and Transparency’s (Selcat) probe into the sand theft issue.

Its chief Ungku Salleh Ungku Jamal together with several Umno Youth officials had lodged their first report with MACC on Thursday.

Ungku Salleh also dared Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to step down “if he has any dignity” over the allegations of sand theft in the state.

He said there was evidence to back the allegations of sand theft and that the state government had gone against its promise to issue projects only through open tenders.

Reminding the Mentri Besar that Selangor Umno head Datuk Noh Omar had offered to step down if there was no sand scandal, Ungku Salleh said: “If there is a scandal, then Khalid should step down.”

He added that the recent probe by Selcat showed sand theft was a “genuine problem”.

Blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin had said in news portal Malaysia Today that the Selangor government gave out 18 negotiated contracts worth RM106mil in 2008 and 2009 on the sand issue.

“It is better for him (Khalid) to clean up his name. It is not his fault but it is because of the people around him.

“But as a leader, he should apologise to the people of Selangor and step down. This is about maruah (dignity),” he said.