GRAFT CASE? Kelantan MB has failed to act, says Mustapa
KOTA BARU: THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must investigate thoroughly the illegal gold mining activities in the state and bring to justice those involved.
Kelantan Umno chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said MACC must investigate whether there was corruption which led to the illegal activities, especially in Gua Musang.
"Our country has rules and laws which must be followed by all. It must be defended as we do not want any party to claim that they have the power to set aside the law," he said after meeting with leaders of various communities yesterday.
Mustapa said it had always been Umno's principle to fight against any quarter involved in corruption, including those running the illegal gold mines in Gua Musang.
"Of course, we will never agree with those involved in corruption. In this case, if there are elements of corruption, we hope MACC will carry out its investigation thoroughly."
Mustapa, who is also minister of international trade and industry, said he was shocked to hear that Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat allegedly was aware about the illegal activities but had failed to act on them.
"This also shows that the Pas-led government is unable to solve the problem. As the head of the state, he should take immediate action to prevent such activities and should not wait until the activities are discovered by MACC."
Mustapa was commenting on a raid carried out by MACC at Hutan Perasu in Gua Musang last week where four workers were detained and gold mining equipment worth more than RM1 million was seized.
On the divorce of a couple due to political differences, Mustapa said it was a shame that such an incident had happened in Kelantan as the people in the state were known to be religiously strong.
"We are upset by the incident and it should not have occurred in the state in the first place as it could also lead to the destruction of the Malay community.
"That is why it should be our responsibility to make sure that only real Islamic teachings are allowed in the state."