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Jeffrey's house raided, asks what about the party hoppers
Published on: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Star President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (pic) had his premises raided and was questioned for some four hours by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Tuesday.

MACC contacted him on Sunday but he was attending church in Tambunan and so set up an appointment with them on Tuesday. The commission, however, raided his office and house in Keningau at about 10.30pm and between 4am-5am, respectively, on Monday.

The Tambunan Assemblyman said Star Vice President Robert Tawik also had his house raided by MACC at about 2am the same day.

"They (MACC) went all over my place. I said, what are you looking for? They said they were investigating a Facebook claim that he took RM20 million to side with incumbent CM, Tan Sri Musa Aman during the elections.

They took my ATM card and RM80,000 in my bag. I asked when they will give them back to me, they said 'maybe later'," said Jeffrey.

Following the raids, he was called to give his statement at the MACC office, here, on Tuesday.

He was questioned as to what happened on the night of May 9 (polling day) and morning of May 10, which he said was "panjang cerita" (long story).

Jeffrey said the commission had been professional and nice to him, and he lent his full cooperation.

"They should do their job and but those who 'lompat-lompat' (party hopped) should be investigated.

I have nothing to hide," he said.

When asked whether the commission will be calling him again to give another statement, Jeffrey said he doesn't know but MACC told him "it's okay".

On whether the investigations were politically driven, he said it was hard to tell but their quick action led him to think it was part of politics.

"They should investigate those who created this news. It is not pleasant and it was conducted at ungodly hours," he said.

He also said that thorough investigations should be carried out on all those (six) who defected during the post election period.

"We have many leaders who are crooks and they should all be investigated," he said.

Jeffrey, whose party won two state seats and was inadvertently the "kingmaker" in deciding whether it was a BN or a Parti Warisan Sabah-Pakatan Harapan government.

Jeffrey ultimately decided to work with the BN, giving them a 31 seat majority out of 60 seats, amid rumours that he was paid RM20 million and offered a deputy chief minister post in the BN state government.

Sabah BN chairman Tan Sri Musa Aman was later sworn in as chief minister on May 10, but two days and six defections from BN later, Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal was sworn in. - Jegathisan Sivanesan

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