MACC ar­rests se­nior Cus­toms of­fi­cer, 9 Kuan­tan Land & Mines Dept staff

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KUALA LUMPUR: Four Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) of­fi­cers spent about seven hours yes­ter­day in the Felda In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (FIC) of­fice at Me­nara Felda here in their lat­est se­ries of in­ves­ti­ga­tions into FIC’s 2014 ac­qui­si­tion of a four-star ho­tel in Kuch­ing, Sarawak.

The anti-graft team were seen en­ter­ing Me­nara Felda at 10.15am and left the build­ing about 5pm.

They were seen car­ry­ing three bags, be­lieved to have con­tained doc­u­ments re­lated to the pur­chase, when they walked out of the build­ing into an await­ing ve­hi­cle. When ap­proached by re­porters in Me­nara Felda’s lobby, they re­fused to com­ment on the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Last Friday, MACC chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad or­dered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the pur­chase of the ho­tel. Sources re­vealed that FIC had pur­chased Merdeka Palace Ho­tel & Suites in Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuch­ing, at a hefty RM160 mil­lion, some RM50 mil­lion over mar­ket value.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity that there are in­di­vid­u­als who have si­phoned off the dif­fer­ence. So far, five in­di­vid­u­als have been de­tained to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the ho­tel pur­chase. The ho­tel in Kuch­ing is FIC’s sec­ond pur­chase that MACC is in­ves­ti­gat­ing. It is also look­ing into the pur­chase of a ho­tel in Kens­ing­ton, Lon­don, which is also said to be above mar­ket value.

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