MACC Confirms Probe into Tabung Haji

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed it is investigating Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) today, as a continuation of its probe into former TH chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.

Azeez said his letter tendering his resignation as the TH chairman was submitted to the fund’s legal department on May 14.

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His contract was supposed to end in July next year.

Another letter addressed to the minister in charge of TH is still with his legal team, as such a minister has yet to be appointed.

“My legal team will send the letter out to the respective departments once the minister responsible (for TH) is appointed,” he said.

Azeez, an Umno supreme council member, added that he respected the new Government’s decision that no politician should hold any positions in government-linked companies, including TH.

In a brief answer to reporters outside Menara Tabung Haji in Kuala Lumpur, MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed his officers had been sent to meet TH officials.

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However, Azam did not elaborate on the details of the investigation.

Yesterday, the MACC raided Azeez’s house in Baling and Subang, as well as his office in Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur. He is being investigated under Section 16 of the MACC Act 2009 for receipt of gratification.

The raid resulted in a seizure of RM1.2 million worth of domestic and foreign currencies as well as other assets, including jewellery and luxury watches.

Azeez claimed some of the foreign cash seized belonged to Kelab Putera 1Malaysia, while another RM500,000 was to finance a mission to Gaza that had been planned for after the general election.

The Baling MP also claimed the luxury watches were fake.

Earlier report: May 23, MACC Raids Three Properties Linked to Azeez Rahim