MACC Willing to Call Mahathir if It Probes Zahid’s Alleged RM230M

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Mahathir alleged Zahid told him he had RM230 million in his bank account when he made an assets declaration in 1996 to the former premier.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said yesterday that it was willing to call Dr Mahathir Mohamad to explain his allegation that deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had RM230 million in his bank account in 1996.

However, there was so far no official instruction to open an investigation paper on the claim, said MACC management and professional division deputy commissioner Jamidan Abdullah.

The commission would issue a statement on the matter soon, he said.

Last Tuesday, Mahathir said when he was the prime minister, Zahid made an assets declaration that he had RM230 million in his bank account after he was made Umno Youth chief.

However, Mahathir acknowledged he had no proof to support his allegation.

“At that time, he (Zahid) gave a verbal account to me, and I did not take it seriously.

“He explained that the money came from his businesses and, although I had my doubts, I had no proof then.

“Now he should answer how he accumulated so much money,” said Mahathir.