Head of MACC: French authorities seek mutual legal assistance from AGC over allegations of corruption in MRT and LRT projects

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki speaks during the launch of a journalist empowerment program in Putrajaya on June 2, 2022. – Bernama pic

Thursday 02 June 2022 17:08 MYT

PUTRAJAYA, June 2 – French authorities have filed a Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) request with the Attorney General’s Office (AGC) regarding alleged corruption in public transport infrastructure projects involving rapid transit (MRT) and light rail transit (LRT). ).

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki, however, said it was only the alleged corruption involving the MRT and LRT projects carried out several years ago and not in a recent year.

He said French authorities had investigated certain parties and companies in Malaysia and France to complete their report on the practice of bribery abroad by a public official.

“I cannot divulge any names of the parties or companies. We are in the process of processing the request (MLA) and we must bear in mind that any declaration that we give to other countries such as France must be done through the AGC.

“We are still discussing with the AGC how MACC can help them as not all of their demands can be met. So whatever we can help, we will help,” he told reporters after launching a journalist empowerment program with MACC here today.

Azam said that in return, French authorities were also required to assist MACC when requested, as MACC had begun its investigation into the allegation earlier in March.

“The scope of MACC’s investigation related to the alleged bribe paid to certain parties…this is our focus and we have opened two investigation documents (relating to the MRT and LRT projects) until present,” he said.

Last Monday, public transport operator Prasarana Malaysia said it seriously considered media reports citing sources claiming there were elements of corruption in public transport infrastructure construction projects, including rapid transit (MRT) and light rail transit (LRT).

On Tuesday, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said his ministry was open to investigations into the allegations. — Bernama

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