A senior Finas officer with a ‘Datuk’ title who “took instructions” from former Communications and Multimedia minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak is at the centre of investigations into alleged misuse of funds belonging to the MCMC.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has initiated investigations into the alleged embezzlement of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) funds amounting close to RM25 million.
According to an MACC source, a National Film Development Corporation (Finas) senior officer with a ‘Datuk’ title was suspected to have been involved in the embezzlement of the funds approved for the implementation of projects under 1Malaysia Negaraku, the battle cry of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
There were about 10 projects and preliminary investigations revealed the Datuk was involved in almost all of the projects.
The Star reported that the Datuk was instructed by former Communications and Multimedia minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak to manage the revenue and payments at Finas for the projects.
The Datuk has the power to authorise offer letters to companies that were appointed on the instructions of the former minister.
He had also allegedly approved payments for the projects even though they were not carried out.
“The minister at that time also ordered the senior officer to use the RM25 million for the projects.
“The MACC has gone to the companies involved to obtain related documents for further investigations,” the source was quoted as saying, adding that more than 70 other people have also been identified to facilitate the probe.
MACC had also recorded statements from four individuals, including the Finas Director-General Datuk Fauzi Ayob and MCMC officers earlier on Tuesday (July 3).