Dewan Usahawan Bumiputera Sarawak (DUBS) expressed doubt over the 60 percent figure reported by MACC. (Photo: DUBS)

Dewan Usahawan Bumiputera Sarawak (DUBS) expressed doubt over the 60 percent figure reported by MACC. (Photo: DUBS)

The beneficiary of government projects in Sarawak expressed doubt over Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission report that 60 percent of federal funding to the state being diverted or leaked according to state media report.

Dewan Usahawan Bumiputera Sarawak – DUBS (or Sarawak Bumiputera Entrepreneurs Chamber) president Datuk Abang Helmi Abang Ikhwan did not believe the ‘diversion’ of fund was as high as 60 percent as being reported.

Instead according to Helmi the number could be much lower – but insisted the chamber viewed the matter seriously.

“To me a 60 percent of the taxpayers funds being diverted elsewhere and escape the annual scrutiny of Audit department was a little questionable,” Helmi said according to Borneo Post report on Friday.

Helmi said the matter was not as bad as what has been reported in the media. Particularly so in view of the recognition that “Sarawak state government financial management was recognized as one of the best in the country.”

Helmi said the chamber would not hesitate to report any Bumiputera contractors under it umbrella found to be an ‘Ali Baba’ or nominees to get government projects.