MACC Raids Selangor State-Owned Unisel and MBI, and Jana Niaga

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In a simultaneous operation, the MACC raided several premises related to a contract dispute between the state-owned university and Jana Niaga, which managed its student hostels.

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Six officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in two separate vehicles arrived at the Universiti Selangor (Unisel) campus in Section 7, Shah Alam, at 9.50am on Tuesday. They were greeted by the university’s staff members and believed to have gone to the university’s administration office.

At about 1.20pm, uniformed officers were seen making their way to Unisel’s treasury office to examine documents of the contract which allegedly involves tens of millions of ringgit.

At 4.30 pm, MACC officers were seen carrying four cardboard boxes from the treasury office and loading them into their vehicles.

Meanwhile, four MACC officers arrived in a vehicle with dark tinted windows at Jana Niaga Sdn Bhd’s (JNSB) office in Desa Pandan, Kuala Lumpur, at 10.25am. They left with two large boxes of documents, reportedly dating from 2011, at 4.26pm.

At 10.50 am, five anti-graft officers turned up at the office of Mentri Besar Incorporated (MBI) at Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah building in Shah Alam and left with one box of documents.

Reportedly, the MACC were also at the Selangor state-owned university’s main campus in Bestari Jaya.

The raids are believed to be related to a report lodged with the anti-graft agency against Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and MBI over an alleged payment dispute between Unisel and its contractor JNSB, and the awarding of a new contract to JNSB despite its failure to complete a previous contract.

Last month, it was reported that MBI threatened legal action against anyone accusing it of corruption related to an alleged payment made to JNSB.

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It said the allegation that it made the payment despite JNSB breaching agreement terms and having failed in its claims at the High Court and Court of Appeal was untrue. It also denied paying RM60 million to JNSB.

It was previously reported that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s special officer, Rizal Mansor, had called on MBI to state when the arbitration to settle a payment dispute with JNSB had taken place and to name the arbitrator involved.

According to Rizal, who quoted from a report in the Selangor-Leaks portal, Unisel did not agree to the terms proposed by MBI and the advance payment of RM10 million to JNSB.

“Although the payment came from MBI, it is viewed as a debt owed by Unisel to MBI. The payment was also made before the process was finalised.

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“Why did MBI pay Jana Niaga before the dispute had been settled?” he said in a statement. 

According to its website, Unisel is Malaysia’s first state-owned university while MBI is an investment holding company wholly-owned by the Selangor state government.

The New Straits Times reported that it is believed the Unisel president and vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman had his statement recorded by MACC officers.

Redzuan was seen arriving at Unisel administration building in Section 7, Shah Alam, at 11am, and spent about two hours there.