“I will only come out with a statement once the investigation has been completed.”
This was the reaction of Recording Performers Malaysia (RPM) chairman Datuk Sheila Majid following the controversy calling for her resignation over allegations of failing to solve the issue of distribution of royalties to members.
Sheila, who has been heading RPM since 2012, said that she would be “keeping mum” for the time being as she did not want to interfere with the probe by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), which began a few days ago.
“I have given my full cooperation to the MACC already. There is nothing to hide since all of the relevant details and documents that they’ve requested for have been handed over.
“If there are any follow-up matters that require further explanation, they will contact me.
“Right now, I’m only waiting for their further action. Only after the investigation is completed will I be ready to elaborate on this crisis,” she said in a news report yesterday.
Recently, the local music industry was in a flurry after Persatuan Karyawan Malaysia (Karyawan) president Datuk Freddie Fernandez accused Sheila of failing in her duties with regards to the distribution of royalties to members of RPM.
The crisis intensified when the MACC began an investigation on the bodies tasked with collecting music royalties, namely Music Authors Copyright Protection (MACP) Berhad, Public Performance Malaysia (PPM) Sdn Bhd and RPM.
The operation was initiated based on a report presented by Freddie, who is also a member on the MACC’s advisory panel, during a meeting with MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki, last month.