Is the Sabah Chief Minister involved in money laundering?

31 July, 2012

by Jimmy Wong

On 16th July 2012, I proposed a motion of no confidence against Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman during the State Assembly Sitting. However, my motion was rejected by Speaker Datuk Salleh Said Keruak without any reason being informed.

The motion of no confidence is in relation to the news portal “Sarawak Report” incriminating Musa Aman for smuggling S$16 million cash from Hong Kong to Singapore and the issuance of timber licenses to his brother Foreign Minister Anifah Aman worth RM400 million.

If the allegations are true, it is one of the largest and most extensive investigations ever undertaken by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) that involves sums amounting to billions of ringgit that are siphoned out of the State through corruption at the highest level. DAP Sabah has lodged a police report regarding the matter.

It is reported that this matter was discussed in Parliament and that the Prime Minister confirmed that investigation is underway. However, when MACC started their investigation, there was “top level” interference to stop. This is they the matter remains unresolved and unclear until today.

Musa bragged during the State Assembly sitting that he was not worried and was willing to be investigated “anytime”.

If that is the case, I challenge the Chief Minister to give his consent to the Swiss Authorities to disclose the account holders or beneficiaries (as per stated in the Sarawak Report).

Swiss Law prohibits the disclosure of direct or beneficial interests in any bank account held within the jurisdiction of Switzerland. It is only when the alleged account holder or beneficiary does consent to the Swiss authority to allow disclosure the inquiring authority will have access to them.

The ball is in Musa’s court.

Several police reports have been made against his alleged money laundering but we can expect nothing to come out of them.

But with Musa’s open-mindedness about the matter it is of his own interest that he gives consent to the Swiss authority (where the money is parked) to disclose or dispute the allegation made by the Sarawak Report.

According to the report, a recent complaint under Swiss criminal law has been lodged by lawyers against UBS AG bank on end of June 2012. It follows the devastating revelations about the bank’s involvement in the channeling of nearly a hundred million dollars of timber kickback money linked to the Chief Minister and his family.

On a side note, PKR MP Tian Chua has asked the Prime Minister what has happened to the MACC investigation into major money-laundering by Sabahan Michael Chia, who is a known side-kick of the Chief Minister.

The Prime Minister replied that MACC has completed investigations into the Michael Chia case and the case has been forwarded to the Attorney General’s Chambers for further action.

The Chief Minister’s integrity and honesty is now on the line and he is the only one who can save himself.

The people have a right to know the truth behind the allegations of money laundering and corruption surrounding Musa Aman. –The Rocket

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