MACC to probe politicians named in Zahid’s trial

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The MACC said it would open investigation papers into several politicians named in former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s corruption trial.

A private firm’s ledger detailing alleged kickbacks paid to various politicians, including Zahid, has become the focal point during the trial last week.

This was due to several other politicians, who have yet to be charged with any crimes, being implicated in similarly receiving money from Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) as Zahid did.

The firm’s former administrative manager, David Tan, testified to the Kuala Lumpur High Court that apart from Zahid, they also paid RM1.3 million to Muhyiddin Yassin when he was the home minister in 2018.

“The MACC will open investigation papers into the names who were said to have received money as mentioned by the witness in Zahid’s corruption case.

“The MACC also confirmed receiving a number of complaints against the individuals involved who were listed in a ledger that was presented in court during the trial.

“The investigation will be conducted under the MACC Act 2009,” the commission said in a statement.

Other prominent names mentioned in the proceedings included Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Housing and Local Government Minister Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, Warisan president Shafie Apdal and former minister Anifah Aman as they were also stated in the UKSB’s ledger and the MACC’s forensic report.

Tan confirmed that, based on the ledger, UKSB had given Khairy a total of RM3.7 million, while Reezal, based on MACC’s forensic report, had received between RM200,000 and RM300,000 from the company.

Zahid is facing 33 charges of receiving bribes amounting to S$13.56 million (RM42 million) from UKSB as an inducement for himself in his capacity as a civil servant and the then home minister to extend the contract of the company as the operator of the One-Stop Centre (OSC) in China and the Foreign Visa System (VLN) as well as to maintain the agreement to supply VLN integrated system paraphernalia to the same company by the Home Ministry.

For another seven counts, Zahid was charged as then home minister to have obtained for himself S$1,150,000, RM3 million, €15,000 and US$15,000 in cash from the same company in connection with his official work. – Malaysiakini