MACC calls up 18 farmers to give statements over state land encroachment

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 16): The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has called up 18 farmers to give statements in connection with the encroachment of state government land that has been turned into illegal durian orchards in Raub, Pahang.

The MACC said in a statement yesterday that only 18 people were called up to assist in investigations and not 30 or 50 as alleged by certain quarters.

“For your information, 12 more individuals were present but they are all not involved in investigations into the case.

“The MACC carries out its investigations based on the provisions of the law, where its actions are free of pressure from any party to get statements regarding the encroachment issue that has prolonged until now,” added the statement.

So far, no arrest has been made and the MACC will continue to call up the relevant parties to assist in investigations into the matter from time to time.

The MACC also hoped that all parties involved would stop speculating on the matter and give the commission space to carry out its probe.

Bernama yesterday reported that MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki denied calling up 50 farmers in connection with the land encroachment issue.

Previously, Azam was reported to have directed the Pahang MACC to obtain further information from the Raub District and Land Office as well as the Pahang State Secretary’s Office regarding the matter.

On Aug 1, the Pahang government began taking stern action against farmers who allegedly cultivated durian plantations around Raub illegally on state government land.

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