Zahid spends almost 9 hours at MACC on 1MDB


Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi completed giving his statement on the 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) case to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday after spending almost nine hours at its headquarters in Putrajaya.

In a statement, Ahmad Zahid said the statement included the details about the meeting between him and the representative of the Saudi Arabian royal family.

“The matter (on a meeting with King of Saudi Arabia) needs details as the only information (they had) were from the media. I have finished giving my statement on the issue and I think that (issues on 1MDB) has been solved,” he told reporters in Putrajaya yesterday.

The newly-elected Umno president arrived at the MACC headquarters at 9.50am and left at 6.40pm.

He also asked the media to give him ample time and space to make a statement related to 1MDB.

Prior to this, the Prime Minister’s Office had announced the setting up of the 1MDB investigation task force to conduct a detailed probe, asset tracing and acquisition, as well as prosecution of individuals who had committed offences relating to the management of 1MDB and SRC International Sdn Bhd.

SRC International was a subsidiary of 1MDB until it was placed under the Finance Ministry in 2012.

Meanwhile, MACC sources said Ahmad Zahid would be called again today, this time to give his statement on the alleged misappropriation of funds of the Yayasan Akal Budi, a foundation he chairs.

Media reports stated that the new Umno president was believed to have abused some RM800,000 of the foundation’s funds to settle his and his wife’s credit-card bills.

Ahmad Zahid was the third person called after former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, to give their statement on the 1MDB scandal. — Bernama