MACC: Probe into ho­tel pur­chases 60pc com­pleted

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion has com­pleted 60 per cent of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­pers on the pur­chase of two ho­tels in London and Kuching, by Felda In­vest­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (FIC).

MACC chief com­mis­sioner Datuk Dzulk­i­fli Ah­mad said the in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the two cases were ex­pected to be com­pleted shortly.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing car­ried out ag­gres­sively, and in­volves the ex­am­i­na­tion of the seized doc­u­ments and record­ing of state­ments from wit­nesses.

“In ad­di­tion, MACC has ar­rested in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing com­pany di­rec­tors and a for­mer spe­cial of­fi­cer to Felda’s for­mer chair­man, sus­pected of hav­ing been in­volved in these high-pro­file cases. MACC will try to re­solve these cases as soon as pos­si­ble,” he said af­ter ap­pear­ing as a guest on Me­dia Prima TV Net­works’ Soal Jawab here on Wed­nes­day.

Dzulk­i­fli said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the pur­chase of a ho­tel in London be­tween 2013 and 2015 re­quired time as it in­volved overseas trans­ac­tions.

“This is be­cause the in­for­ma­tion on the pur­chase not only has to be ob­tained lo­cally but it also in­volves in­di­vid­u­als from the United King­dom.

“MACC will try to re­solve the case in Sarawak first be­cause it oc­curred in Malaysia,” he said.

Last Fri­day, Dzulk­i­fli or­dered a probe into the pur­chase of the ho­tel in Kuching, which was sus­pected to have been bought at a price higher than the mar­ket value. Five in­di­vid­u­als have been ar­rested to as­sist in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the pur­chase of the ho­tel in 2014. Ber­nama

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