I have often wondered about the back bone of this former Attorney General, Abdul Gani Patail.
I expect a man of his position and responsibility to act, at all times, without fear and favour. This he has not done. When he was removed from office by Najib, my first instinct was to hantam Najib for removing the AG to suit his vested interest. And, as is my usual MO, I went to my trusted sources to seek information on Ghani Patail to write about.
I was taken aback by the negative comments that ensued. ….half in support of his removal and the other half not..and I was asked to focus on one particular case that involved the AG’s office and MACC. At that time I dismissed that suggestion out of hand because it would not do any good to our cause at that tine…our cause being the removal of a corrupt and dedak infested BN government. Now that that BN government has been removed I want to share with you guys what I have on Gani Patail.
Remember Michael Chia? He was the Timber Tycoon from Sandakan and right hand man of Musa Aman (ex Chief Minister of Sabah). Michael Chia was caught red handed with RM40 million in his bag when he was detained in Hong Kong International Airport while on his way from Malaysia to Japan with the money.
‘RM40mil smuggled cash not for Musa but for Sabah Umno’
Investigation papers submitted to the attorney-general by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) show that RM40 million a Sabah businessman was caught with in trying to smuggle into Malaysia from Hong Kong were political contributions to the state Umno and not for Chief Minister Musa Aman.
“The funds were contributions to the Sabah Umno liaison body and not for the personal use of the chief minister,” Minister in The Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz (right) states in a parliamentary written reply to Batu MP Chua Tian Chang, who is better known as Tian Chua.
On Aug 14, 2008, the businessman, who has been identified as Michael Chia, was caught red-handed at the Hong Kong International Airport with Singapore currency worth the RM40 million in his luggage before be could board a flight to Kuala Lumpur.In the same reply, Nazri also said that the MACC has concluded that “no element of corruption was proven” in the case.
Chia was charged with money laundering and trafficking by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
ICAC investigations also reportedly found that the money was earmarked for Musa and were part of more funds being deposited into a Swiss bank account containing US$30 million allegedly being held in trust for the Sabah chief minister by a lawyer.
My sources told me that AG Gani Patail and the former MACC Chief, Abu Kassim Mohd were involved in “settling” the case in favour of Michael Chia and that the intermediary between Michael Chia, MACC and the AG ‘s officer was a Tan Sri, who is also from MACC. For “work done” the generous kickback from Michael Chia was shared between Gani Patail, Abu Kassim Mohd and the Tan Sri…and Michael Chia was released without any action despite smuggling money out of Malaysia !!!
I am further reminded that this was not the only instance that these three have colluded to gain finical advantage of their position within the AG’s office and MACC but that it was the MO of these three done a number of times for profit.
To avoid these kind of thing from recurring, I would suggest that henceforth, all MACC commissioners be elected by Parliament rather then be appointed by politicians.