MACC will investigate Zahid, Tun M on elements of corruption

MACC need to study before opening an investigation on the alleged claims that Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had RM230 million in his personal bank account

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi observes the corruption-free pledge together with the Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operation) of MACC Datuk Azam Baki (second right) and Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (third right). Looking on was the Director General of Immigration, Datuk Mustafa Ali (left) during the Immigration Department Corruption-Free Pledge (IBR) at the Immigration Headquarters in Putrajaya.PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL, 08 AUGUST 2017.

By Mohd Zaini Samsu Hadi

PUTRAJAYA – The Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) need to study before opening an investigation on the alleged claims that Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had RM230 million in his personal bank account back in 1996.

The same matter will also be done on former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who allegedly has extraordinary wealth.

Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operation) of MACC, Datuk Azam Baki said, the study is needed to ensure if there is any element of corruption in the two individuals.

“There are many allegations that a certain individual is rich and wealthy. However, it is important for us to look into the scenario if there is any element of corruption in their wealth.

“A certain individual’s wealth may not come from corruption. That is my answer for now,” he said after attending the Immigration Department Corruption-Free Pledge (IBR) today.

Dr Mahathir who is also the Chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) admitted that he did not have any black and white evidence on his allegations that Zahid had RM230 million in his personal bank account when he was appointed as the UMNO Youth Chief in 1996.

At the same time, Ahmad Zahid also requested MACC to investigate the extraordinary wealth of Dr. Mahathir and his children.

Therefore, Azam explained that the MACC need to ensure that those wealth came from corruption or power abuse before a formal investigation can be conducted.

“We need to first ensure that the ownership of such wealth has elements of corruption.

“When we investigate, we cannot work beyond our jurisdiction.

“We have yet to investigate. We need to look into the report first,” he added. – MalaysiaGazette

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