KUALA LUMPUR, July 3 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said today it would investigate the brief disappearance of a military radar shipment that was later found to have reached its Netherlands destination.
The anti-graft body said its investigating team would head to the Tanjung Pelepas Port in Johor, where the container of the equipment was reported missing, and verify if there were elements of corruption and abuse of power in the incident.
“The MACC will take statements from a few officers from the Royal Malaysian Customs Department to assist with investigations.
“Besides that, the MACC will work with the police that are also investigating claims of the disappearance of the high-tech military radar equipment. However, MACC’s investigation will solely be focused on elements of corruption and abuse of power and will not interfere with the police investigation,” MACC said in a statement.
The Customs Department clarified last Thursday that the military radar shipment was not missing as reported and had actually reached its Rotterdam Port destination in the Netherlands.
Local daily The Star had reported that the consignment of military radar worth millions of ringgit had arrived from Australia last month and was to be shipped to Netherlands via Johor.
However, the consignment was held at the port as it did not have the necessary permits. It was then reportedly found missing during a recent audit, leading to a police report being lodged.