Umno supreme council members urge MACC to probe Mahathir and his family’s finances while Pakatan Harapan youth chiefs call on MACC to investigate the allegation of Zahid’s RM230 million.
Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz defended Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi following Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s allegation that Zahid was worth RM230 million.
“The deputy prime minister got his wealth when he gave up his position as a political secretary, and concentrated on his business,” Nazri said.
“But even then, his wealth did not reach RM230 million. If others can become rich in carrying out businesses, what is wrong if he did so,” Nazri was quoted by The Star Online as telling reporters yesterday.
Following Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s earlier call for an investigation into Mahathir’s and his family’s wealth, Nazri urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to probe the assets of Mahathir and his family as fair play since Zahid has declared he is willing for his wealth to be scrutinised.
“Dr Mahathir got the funds from whom and how much were the funds. How much were used, and what was the balance,” Nazri said.
“I feel the anti-graft agency must investigate him. Until today, he has not answered these questions, while Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has answered similar questions thrown at him,” Nazri was quoted saying.
Zahid himself had called on the MACC to investigate the assets of the “individual” and his family. Although he did not mention the name of the “individual”, Mahathir had recently raised the assets issue.
According to Mahathir, who was prime minister from 1981 to 2003, Zahid had made the asset declaration to him in 1996. However, the former premier had acknowledged that he had no proof to support his allegation.
Yesterday, the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) said it has not received any report against Zahid following the allegation of Zahid’s RM230 million.
MACC chief Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad said the commission can only investigate if there was a complaint with tangible evidence, but there was none to date, The Sunday Star reported.
“The allegation is based on a story. There is nothing concrete and the Commission cannot act on a story,” Dzulkifli said.
“MACC can act if there is a report. We also have to see if the report is founded on facts,” Dzulkifli was quoted saying.
Today, DAP Youth chief Wong Kam Woh said MACC should not wait for a report to be made as the commission can file one of its own to start a probe into the claim made by Mahathir.
“But it is MACC’s duty to investigate any allegations of wrongdoing or corrupt practices.
“And we believe, from Zahid’s reply to the allegation, there was an implied admission to the allegation when he said he was a businessman before entering politics,” Wong said in a press conference today.
Meanwhile, PPBM Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman questioned how a Youth chief could acquire assets amounting to hundreds of millions of ringgit, FMT reported.
“If you calculate the inflation rate and all, that amount then would be worth about RM1 billion today,” Syed Saddiq said.
Related report: Aug 5, MACC Willing to Call Mahathir if It Probes Zahid’s Alleged RM230M