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Dzulkifli vows to fight graft, will not bow down to "dirty" and "despicable" allegations

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzukifli Ahmad says he will not succumb to personal attacks and has vowed to fight corruption in the country without fear or favour.
“We will not bow down to pressure and we will continue to carry out our duties and responsibilities to ensure that the country is rid of those who are involved in corruption and power abuse,” he said to TV3 during an interview.
Dzulkifli’s remarks came following allegations that he was embroiled in an extramarital affair.
Dzulkifli labelled the allegations as dirty and despicable, with an intention to tarnish his reputation and to discredit MACC’s efforts in combating corruption.
According to Dzulkifli, he has contacted Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun regarding the matter and the police are set to take further action.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak had earlier advised Dzulkifli to remain steadfast and to not succumb to underhanded tactics aimed at undermining him.
Last year, the MACC moved against senior officials of the Sabah Water Department and recovered more than RM50mil in cash – the largest seizure in the country.
Three people have been charged in court so far in connection with the money-laundering case, also popularly known as the Sabah Watergate scandal.
As of July this year, the MACC had investigated 56 cases in Sabah which mostly dealt with false claims for projects which were purportedly never carried out.
Among the high profile cases MACC recently tackled was the probe into the skimming of up to RM1.5bil in federal projects allocations for the poor in Sabah through the Rural and Regional Development Ministry.
Last Tuesday, the MACC had officially arrested Hamid Apdal, who is the younger brother of Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal
The MACC is expected to make more arrests as they sift through some 350 projects that were given to some 60 companies between 2009 and 2015.The money was allegedly stolen from RM7.5bil worth of projects during that period in Sabah.
Many of the projects were allegedly uncompleted or failed to meet specifications though full payments were made to the companies. MACC has so far frozen some RM170mil in bank accounts and assets in some of the companies involved in the project.
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