August 06, 2016
KUCHING: Sarawak Cycling Association (SCA) president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was baffled with the ongoing investigation by the Malaysia Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) on the SUKMA cycling venues.
He said he just couldn't dismiss the possibilities of some quarters were trying to project a negative image of the association or the State.
Abdul Karim, as quoted by a national English daily yesterday, said there had been a lot of nasty and unflattering remarks hurled against the association that had caused him to be suspicious on the current issue revolving around the organisation of SUKMA.
“Is this the work of disgruntled people who are unhappy because they were unable to get benefits from the association or are they just trying to tarnish the state’s image over our successful feat in organising this year’s Sukma?” he asked.
He, however, said SCA would cooperate with the MACC in its probe.
Meanwhile Sarawak MACC director Datuk Badrul Shah Norman had confirmed that the commission had questioned 6 persons, including the SCA secretary Zulaihi Seri, as to ascertain whether there was any element of corruption involved in the venues’ substandard facilities.
“This is true. We have recorded statements from six witnesses, including the (association) secretary, since Monday.
“We will conduct a thorough investigation by calling relevant witnesses as and when necessary,” he told the English national daily.
It was reported that MACC had seized documents related to the organisation of cycling events during the Malaysia Games hosted by Sarawak, which concluded on Sunday.
The MACC had raided the homes of two cycling officials here on Monday. -@ybkarimsays