Taib Mahmud cleared of any wrongdoing in 2013, says Liew

(FMT) – Sarawak governor Abdul Taib Mahmud had been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) since 2013, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong.

He said this in a written parliamentary reply to Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen (PH-Bandar Kuching) who asked the prime minister to state if the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), would give priority to initiate a probe against Taib Mahmud on allegations of corruption and abuse of power.

“MACC had carried out several investigations against the former Sarawak chief minister.

“All the findings had been referred to the AGC for further action,” Liew said.

He said that after deliberating the available evidence, the AGC decided that all the investigation papers involving the issue would be closed in 2013.

In May, Francis Paul Siah, a leader of Sarawak NGO, Movement for Change Sarawak, had urged newly appointed MACC chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull to reopen the file on Taib.

Siah told Shukri that he had lodged a report with the MACC against Taib, who is now Sarawak governor, in March 2011.

Taib’s party PBB, together with SUPP, PRS and PDP, which were previously under Sarawak BN, left the coalition to form Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

GPS now has 19 parliamentary seats out of 31 in Sarawak.