MACC to Question Umno Ex-Senior Minister over Alleged Misappropriation of Funds

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Alleged to have used more than RM800,000 to pay for his and his wife’s credit card bills.

A top Umno ex-minister will be summoned to the Malaysian Anti-Commission (MACC) for questioning over allegations of misappropriation of nearly RM900,000 from a foundation, said MACC investigation director Simi Ghani.

A report by Sinar Harian today cited MACC’s Investigation Division Director Datuk Simi Abdul Ghani as saying the senior Cabinet minister under Najib’s administration was being called in to help with investigations over the case.

“It’s true that there is a high-ranking leader from Umno being investigated,” he was quoted as saying when the Malay daily contacted him.

He, however, declined to reveal the identity of the leader or divulge any details about the said foundation.

Highly-placed sources told the daily that the leader being probed is among the contenders for one of the top posts at today’s Umno elections and that he was also the chairman of the foundation.

He is alleged to have used more than RM800,000 to pay for his and his wife’s credit card bills.

Sinar Harian also reported that documents seized by MACC suggested records of the payment transactions and that the misappropriation began in 2014.

Those contesting for the Umno presidency today are acting president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, former Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin, Gua Musang Member of Parliament, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah; Bandar Tun Razak Umno division member Mohamed Iqbal Maricair and Iskandar Puteri Umno division member Mohd Yusof Musa @ Jamaluddin.

Vying for deputy president are Negri Sembilan Umno chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

Contesting for vice-president are Umno Supreme Council members Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Mohamad Khaled Nordin, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman and Datuk Seri Johari Ghani.

Two others include Sheikh Razali Hamad and Datuk Seri Ahmad Said.