Pe­nang Zakat probe is close to com­ple­tion, says MACC

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: The Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) in­ves­ti­ga­tions into al­leged graft at Pe­nang Zakat are close to be­ing com­pleted.

Sources said the fact that the re­main­ing five of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing the Pe­nang Zakat chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer in MACC cus­tody were re­leased yes­ter­day, showed that the in­ves­ti­ga­tions would be com­pleted soon.

A source told the New Straits Times that MACC in­ves­ti­ga­tors were sat­is­fied that they had man­aged to estab­lish a case in both points of fo­cus, state com­mis­sion di­rec­tor Datuk Ab­dul Aziz Aban had an­nounced re­cently.

Aziz had said the first point of fo­cus was the claim that Pe­nang Zakat of­fi­cers al­legedly re­ceived valu­able items, che­ques and cash from con­trac­tors as in­cen­tives to give them projects or work-re­lated pro­grammes.

The one was the probe into its CEO, a Datuk who is be­lieved to have given ed­u­ca­tion aid and schol­ar­ships to his chil­dren with­out go­ing through the Pe­nang Is­lamic Af­fairs Depart­ment.

“What re­mains now is the goa­head from the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s Cham­bers to charge them in court,” the source said yes­ter­day. In­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­pers are ex­pected to be sub­mit­ted to the cham­bers soon.

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