Anti-graft officers to quiz Zahid

PETALING JAYA • Former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has an appointment today with Malaysia's anti-graft investigators, who are keen to seek his explanation on the alleged use of funds belonging to a foundation, sources told The Star newspaper.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers also want to ask him about his purported meeting with a member of Saudi Arabia's royal family who was said to have donated a huge sum of money to former prime minister Najib Razak.

Highly-placed sources say Datuk Seri Zahid will be asked to explain allegations that funds from the foundation, which he chairs, were used to pay off bills on credit cards belonging to him and his wife amounting to RM800,000 (S$270,000).

Records showed that the foundation was registered in 1997 and its role is to receive and administer funds to eradicate poverty. It is understood that sources had found several documents showing payment transactions for him and his wife.

In August 2015, amid public questions about the source of funds found in the personal bank account of Datuk Seri Najib, Mr Zahid had claimed he had met the wealthy Arab family who donated US$700 million (S$954 million) into the account.

Asked about the MACC appointment, Mr Zahid told reporters yesterday: "I have been asked to give an explanation over several issues as what had been reported by the mainstream and social media."

He said the explanation would include allegations over abuse of funds of a foundation owned by his family.

He said the foundation was set up by his family for Islamic charitable purposes with donations he personally made and from several friends.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2018, with the headline 'Anti-graft officers to quiz Zahid'. Print Edition | Subscribe