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Saturday, March 18, 2017

'Will MACC seek out gifts Saudi entourage showered on M'sian officials?'

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has asked if the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will require Malaysian officials to declare the gifts showered on them when they received Saudi King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud's entourage last month.
This was after Indonesian officials declared several gifts from the Saudi entourage to Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), which included Rolex watches, diamond rings and ballpoints and a sword made out of gold.
"During King Salman’s visit to Jakarta, the Saudi visitors lavished multi-million ringgit worth of gifts on Indonesian officials, ranging from customised Arabian sabres, Rolex watches, gold ballpoint pens and diamonds rings.
"Indonesia's KPK has given all Indonesian officials 30 days to report such presents.
"Why is the MACC not doing the same in requiring all Malaysian officials to declare the gifts they received during the Saudi Arabian visit of the Salman delegation to Malaysia?" said Lim in a statement today.
King Salman was received by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak when he arrived in Malaysia on Feb 26.
He spent four days in Malaysia before travelling to Jakarta, Indonesia on March 1 for a nine-day visit, including holidaying in Bali.
A key highlight during the visit to Malaysia was Saudi Arabia's Aramco agreeing to invest US$7 billion (RM31.1 billion) in Petronas' Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project in Pengerang, Johor.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between Petronas president and group chief executive officer Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin and Saudi Aramco president and chief executive officer Amin H Nasser.
It was witnesses by both Najib and King Salman as well as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan and Saudi Arabia’s Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Khalid Al-Falih.
The prime minister's wife Rosmah Mansor had also shared the Permata early childhood programme with the king.- Mkini

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