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Corruption, power abuse, and trust breach: MACC's intensive probe into REE theft

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) continuously investigates the rare earth element (REE) theft issue in Sik's Bukit Enggang Forest Reserve.

MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said new findings in the ongoing investigations were also discovered, which required further actions to be taken by the graft buster.

"The investigation encompasses corruption, abuse of power as well as breach of trust towards certain individuals and enforcement agencies involved (in the issue).

"Expert services are also being utilised to determine the duration and quantity of the suspected REE, which was stolen based on a laboratory test," he said when contacted.

Azam previously announced that the Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) is expected to come out with a decision regarding the REE theft in the coming weeks, adding that MACC had completed its investigation into the matter.

On July 18, MACC investigated the illegal mining of REE, which led to losses to the government.

Several investigation papers were also opened under Section 17(A), Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.

The graft buster is also examining the case to be charged under Section 7 of the Anti-Corruption Act 1998.

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