Ahmad Zahid’s date at MACC…again

This marks the 6th time the former DPM is called to the anti-graft body’s HQ

BY TMR / Pic By HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will again be grilled by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today, the sixth time the former deputy prime minister (DPM) has been hauled over alleged fund misappropriations related to a foundation.

The Umno president is expected to present himself at the MACC headquarters (HQ) in Putrajaya today. National news agency Bernama, quoting a MACC source, said Ahmad Zahid is required to be at the MACC building at 3pm today.

However, the source declined to comment whether the Bagan Datuk MP would be detained and charged. Speculations are rife that the former home minister would be charged tomorrow. Social media has been awash with Ahmad Zahid’s eventual arrest after a few news portals had speculated of his impending charges, likely linked to money laundering and abuse of power.

Ahmad Zahid was called to the MACC HQ three times last week. The last time, he was quizzed for about eight hours as investigators tried to piece details of transactions related to Yayasan Akal Budi, a foundation he had set up for Islamic charity.

The foundation was funded from Ahmad Zahid’s personal donations and his close friends.

The former DPM has maintained his innocence over the foundation’s transactions and repeatedly called the authorities’ investigation as running contrary to the Islamic spirit of Yayasan Akal Budi.

It is not known whether any of Ahmad Zahid’s family members would be hauled up by the authorities.

Speculation about his impending arrest has also triggered attention from both local and foreign journalists.

Former PM Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak is already facing criminal breach of trust, corruption, money laundering and abuse of power charges. Malaysia’s former First Lady Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has also been charged for money laundering.

Both Najib and Rosmah pleaded not guilty of all the charges and have vowed to prove their innocence.

Rumours are also swirling that Najib could face more charges after he was called to give his statement on Tuesday, believed to be related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s debt payments.

Moreover, a few former Umno leaders have been called to assist investigations into various claims of corrupt practices in the last few months.

But Ahmad Zahid is one of the more high-profile individuals in the MACC’s investigation. He has also requested his supporters to remain calm. — TMR