MACC Probes Finas for Alleged Graft

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Investigating questionable allocations for 2017.

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has confirmed that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is investigating the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) for alleged misappropriation of allocations.

Its Minister Gobind Singh Deo said an MACC investigation is underway on a number of “disputed” Finas allocations for 2017.

The announcement comes after MACC officers were spotted at Finas headquarters on June 7.

“The MACC should be given room to investigate the matter and relevant parties should cooperate with them,” said Gobind in a statement on Tuesday.

“I would like to stress the Communications and Multimedia Ministry will not tolerate or compromise with any form of corruption, leakages, or abuse of power by any agency or department under the ministry’s purview.

“If elements of corruption, leakages, and abuse of power exists in the creative industry, it can significantly weaken the spirit of healthy competition and paralyse the growth of the industry.

“Healthy competition is needed for to expand and develop the industry further,” he said

“If the investigation reveals that Finas is guilty of any of these elements, then strict action must be taken legally or internally to immediately address this matter,” Gobind added.

He also said he hoped MACC’s detailed investigations will reveal any weaknesses in handling government allocations, in order to allow the ministry to come up with new ways to improve the corporation’s administration.

He added his ministry would accept proposals that can strengthen Finas.