5 Jan 2011

Tajudin links: AG bares all to MACC

Attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail today met Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officials and panel members to clear the air over allegations of close links with former Malaysia Airlines chairperson Tajudin Ramli.

According to a statement by the MACC, the meeting was attended by 30 of the 42 committee and panel members at the Corruption Prevention Academy in Kuala Lumpur.

Also present were MACC chief Abu Kasim Mohammed, his senior management officers and commission division heads.

"The two-and-a-half hour meeting was held at Abdul Gani's request and provide 'open adjustments' and feedback on cases which have become current affairs such as his family's trip to Mecca and the case involving MAS Kargo," read the statement.

The outcome and duration of the meeting was not revealed.

This is believed to be the first time Abdul Gani has responded to allegations on the Malaysia Today website that he and his family were once sponsored to Mecca by Tajudin's proxy Shahidan Shafie.

MACC's corruption prevention and consultation panel member Robert Phang have been among the most vocal public figures demanding an explanation from Abdul Gani.

Abdul Gani and Shahidan had been asked to comment on the matter by Malaysiakini on Nov 30 but the duo refused to do so. 
New evidence 

Tajudin, who was MAS chairperson from 1994 to 2001, had been blamed for the national carrier's massive losses amounting to at least RM8 billion in the past.

His legacy includes the relocation of MAS Kargo's operations from Amsterdam and Frankfurt to a single hub in Hahn, Germany.

Then commercial crime investigation department chief Ramli Yusof had recommended that action be taken against Tajudin but the attorney-general's chambers did not press charges.

This was despite MAS airlines and the federal government's decision to file civil action against Tajudin.

Although police investigations have been completed, the MACC revealed last month that it was still pursuing a probe on Tajudin, claiming that "new evidence" have been found.

Source : http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/152441

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