As we all know, former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahamd Zahid Hamidi was called in recently to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters over the alleged misappropriation of funds from a foundation.
After nearly eight hours, Dr. Ahmad Zahid emerged from being questioned by the MACC.
The newly-elected Umno president arrived at the commission’s headquarters in Putrajaya at 9.52 am on Monday, July 2, and only came out of the building at 6.30 pm.
He told reporters that he had been asked to explain a statement he made in 2015 where he claimed to have met a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family, who is said to have donated money to former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“Because that statement was only reported in the media, I was asked to explain in detail about the statement. That’s why it took a while. I would like to thank the MACC for being professional in their work.”
Dr. Ahmad Zahid also said that he will return to MACC today, July 3, for questioning on a separate matter related to an Islamic charity foundation of which he is chairman.
“The questioning on 1MDB is pretty much done.”
It is learned that on August 22, 2015, Dr. Ahmad Zahid, who was speaking at the opening of the Sri Gading Umno division, said he had met the wealthy Arab family who donated US$700 million (RM2.8 billion) that was channeled into the former prime minister’s personal account.
On his foundation, it was reported that Dr. Ahmad Zahid would be asked to explain claims that RM800,000 in foundation funds was used to pay off credit cards belonging to him and his wife.
Records showed the foundation was registered in 1997 and its role is to receive and administer funds to eradicate poverty.
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(Source: The Star)