WARISAN man claims his days as Sabah Water Department director are numbered

Amarjit’s appointment was opposed by former Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee, who, on the 19th of March 2019, sought a court declaration that the appointment was not in accordance with the law. Source (pic): FMT

اهلي ڤرتي واريثن دعوا اكن هيلڠ كرجا سباڬاي ڤڠاره جابتن اير سابه

WARISAN secretary for Putatan Datuk Amarjit Singh expects his contract as state Water Department director to be terminated by the Sabah state government after being appointed to the post two years ago.

Amarjit found himself in the eye of a storm due to the existence of probes by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) into the alleged abuse of power by the Sabah State Water Department.

His appointment was opposed by former Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee, who, on the 19th of March 2019, sought a court declaration that Amarjit’s appointment was not in accordance with the law.

Yong appears to be concerned that Amarjit’s appointment could jeopardise corruption probes.


SUBANG JAYA: WARISAN secretary for Putatan Datuk Amarjit Singh expects his contract as state Water Department director to be terminated by the Sabah state government after being appointed to the post two years ago.

This was revealed by Free Malaysia Today, which quoted Amarjit as saying someone had “verbally” told him that his two-year contract would be shortened.




Amarjit found himself in the eye of a storm due to the existence of probes by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) into the alleged abuse of power by the Sabah State Water Department.

He was appointed to the post in August 2018, some two months after Parti Warisan Sabah took over the state government.

His appointment was opposed by former Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee, who, on the 19th of March 2019, sought a court declaration that the appointment was not in accordance with the law.

In the suit filed at the Kota Kinabalu High Court, Yong and Tawau businessman Pang Thou Chung also sought a declaration that Section 3 of the Enactment spells out that only members of the public service are qualified for senior posts.

They claimed that Amarjit had never been a member of the state civil service and had never undergone proficiency training, competency assessments, professional development and government examinations as required to be appointed to such a senior post.

According to documents sighted, the duo put it that Amarjit’s appointment was merely due to the fact that he was a member and office bearer of the ruling Parti Warisan Sabah.

However, Yong’s objection to the appointment is believed to be connected to probes by MACC personnel which led to the largest ever confiscation of corruption proceeds in the country’s history.

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Based on reports, two suspects from the Sabah water department have been linked to 38 different companies, 17 of them owned by siblings and proxies to a former department director and 21 others owned by his family members.

The probes led to the arrest of the duo along with the confiscation of RM3 million which had been kept inside a safe deposit box in the office of one of the suspects, together with a total of RM52 million cash, seized from various locations.

The total value of items confiscated gradually increased to RM53.7 million before ballooning to RM112 million, and finally, RM114.5 million.

As of the 12th of October 2016, four people were arrested, with another five having been called to facilitate probes into statements recorded from 40 people, including department officers and contractors.

Further investigations revealed that another RM30 million had been stashed in foreign bank accounts with money trails leading to Australia and New Zealand, coming atop yet another RM30 million worth of land titles.

For over 5 years, the two main suspects had walloped more than half of the state’s funds channelled by the federal government for water supply works.

In October last year, the Kota Kinabalu High Court declared Amarjit’s appointment illegal saying it breached the state’s Water Supply Enactment 2003.

Yong appears to be concerned that Amarjit’s appointment could jeopardise corruption probes.

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