MACC initiates probe into alleged embezzlement at MCMC

By BERNAMA / Pic By AFIF ABD HALIM

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has initiated investigations into an alleged embezzlement of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) funds amounting close to RM25 million.

According to an MACC source, a National Film Development Corp (Finas) senior officer with a “Datuk” title was suspected to have been involved in the embezzlement of the funds approved for the implementation of projects under the 1Malaysia Negaraku programme.

There were about 10 projects and preliminary investigations revealed that the senior officer was involved in almost all of the projects.

Bernama was informed that the senior officer who was directed to manage the procurement and payment process at Finas for the project, was authorised to sign offer letters to companies appointed by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.

“The senior officer was directed to use the MCMC funds to implement the projects.

“The senior officer was also said to have collaborated with the companies by approving payments for projects which were not implemented,” the source said when met by Bernama.

The MACC had today gone to all the companies involved to collect related documents to assist in the investigation, he said yesterday.

Statements have also been recorded from four individuals including Finas DG and officers from MCMC to facilitate investigations.

According to the source, 70 individuals have been identified to assist in the probe.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operation) Datuk Seri Azam Baki when contacted confirmed the investigation but declined to elaborate.

Finas needs a large-scale restructuring to ensure smooth governance at the agency, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said recently.

He said the change was important, especially in terms of the channelling of government funds. “I see a lot of problems in the way these funds are channelled.