Thursday, December 29, 2016

Former Director, wife and former Ministry Adviser charged!

Tun Daim recently complained the Sabah Water Department case took too long to charge.

D-Day has arrive. Two senior officers and wife charged today:

KOTA KINABALU: A former Sabah Water Department director and his wife and a State Finance Ministry technical and engineering advisor pleaded not guilty here today to a total of 37 counts of misappropriating infrastructure funds amounting to RM61.48 million in cash and bank savings as well as unlawfully possessing luxury products.

The 54-year-old former director Ag Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court to 12 counts of misappropriating infrastructure funds amounting to RM56.9 million and unlawfully possessing various branded wrist watches and vehicles.

He also pleaded not guilty with his wife, Fauziah Piut, 51, to two counts of unlawfully possessing jewellery, while Fauziah was charged with 19 more offences of unlawfully possessing jewellery and luxury bags as well as a total of RM2.2 million in various bank accounts.

The technical and engineering advisor, Lim Lam Peng, 62, suspended from his post, claimed trial to three counts of possessing a total of RM2.38 million in cash and unlawfully possessing a vehicle. — Bernama
Lim Lam Peng was previously a former Deputy Director.

Other suspect missing is the Teo Chee Keong, the former Deputy Director to Ag Mohd Tahir and successor to Lim Lam Peng, [Correction] Some 49 other officers were also arrested for investigation including 23 district and divisional engineers. Officers being investigated were suspended.

Read also NST and The Star report here and here, respectively. For a background of story, read in Wikipedia here.

The arrest was made in late October and charged before year end. Two months is quite fast, when  considering investigation reportedly involved 12 tonnes of document. It is heard 60-70 investigators are involved.

Believed more to be charged in near the future but focus should be to await the "ultimate" hand behind. It is an open secret to Sabahans.

In the meantime, read our past posting below on the arrest earlier:
Why Shafie and PPBM implicate Anifah Aman? (Part 1)
Why Shafie and PPBM implicate Anifah Aman? (Part 2)
Finger pointing could not deflect KKLW under Shafie
Sabah Watergate: Latest arrest is former Deputy Director Sabah Water
Shafie building up his political script
Are the charged officers and wife willing to be fall guy for a politician?

Just like defending Tun Dr Mahathir for his past sins and current flop. an advise to heed is: it is not worthy! It is seldom appreciated.

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