MACC Raids Three Logging Firms Linked to Musa Aman in Sabah

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Companies believed involved in shady deals.

  • Investigators looking for logging deals signed by previous BN state government headed by Musa Aman
  • Companies raided belonged to “big three” Sabah loggers
  • Alleged alliance between state officials and loggers to “rape” Sabah’s forests

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) raided three logging companies in Sabah’s Sandakan and Tawau as well as the state’s Forestry Department headquarters.

Citing sources, The Star reported that investigators were searching for documentary evidence of abuse.

“They were looking for certain licensing documents,” a Forestry Department source was quoted saying.

The report also said that the investigating team was looking for logging deals signed by the previous Barisan Nasional state government headed by former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

It is understood that the companies raided belonged to the “big three” Sabah loggers who had allegedly obtained major logging concessions across the state.

The raids came after Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal ordered a ban of timber exports aimed at breaking up a timber cartel that had been monopolised by one party for more than a decade.

Separately, The Star also reported that investigators were uncovering a supposed alliance between state officials and the timber firms to “rape” Sabah’s forests.