Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Yong likely to be summoned to Sabah ACA office today


Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee is likely to be summoned to the State’s Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) office here today in connection with alleged graft involving RM5 million when he was the Sabah Chief Minister. According to a reliable source, Yong is required to be at the ACA office at about 2.30pm. It is not known whether the ACA is trying to build up a case against him or to collect more information to assist its investigation into the case. Yong had earlier alleged that the ACA’s move in opening investigation papers on him was a threat and questioned the timing, a day after Yong declared he had lost confidence in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on June 18. On Saturday, ACA Director- General Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan said the ACA had opened investigation papers on Yong in connection with the case. On June 19, the Kuala Lumpur High Court was told that Yong had ordered the payment of over RM5 million profit from the sale of shares belonging to a State-owned company to his selected agents in 1996. Ahmad Said said ACA took the action because elements of corruption existed following the testimony of a witness during the trial. He said it was normal practice for who gave the evidence in court the ACA to open investigation papers following evidence given by witnesses in court. Ahmad Said said the investigation papers were opened not just on Yong but also eight other people named as recipients of the RM5 million and Briskmark Enterprise Sdn Bhd former director Datuk Wasli Mohd Said, who gave the evidence in court regarding the matter. -Bernama