FGVH: MACC records statements from 60 witnesses

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has recorded statements from 60 witnesses in the investigation into the alleged corruption and abuse of power in Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGVH).

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad said the agency was trying to complete its investigation as soon as possible so that the investigation paper could be submitted to the AG’s Chambers for further action.

He said the investigation, however, was not bound by any arrangement made by the government or FGVH in restructuring the company.

“We are not bound (by the arrangement). Our investigation will follow the evidence because we are not only investigating into Delima Oil Products Sdn Bhd (FGVH’s subsidiary), but also into six other issues,” he told reporters after witnessing the taking of Corruption-Free Pledge by Pahang state government yesterday.

Also present were state secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail and MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki.

When asked whether MACC would call former FGVH chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad to give his statement, Dzulkifli advised all quarters to be patient in waiting for the latest development in the MACC investigation.

On whether it was better for Mohd Isa to go on leave and not to join the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) pending the investigation, he said: “It was irrelevant.”

Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak announced Mohd Isa’s appointment as acting chairman of SPAD after he voluntarily resigned as FGVH chairman. With Mohd Isa’s resignation, Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Mahbob was appointed as acting FGVH chairman.

Meanwhile, Dzulkifli expressed gratitude to the Pahang government for signing the pledge and becoming the ninth state to have agreed to support the MACC’s efforts to fight corruption. — Bernama