Malaysia's anti-graft agency probing RM400k deal to buy 20,000 Najib books

A project to buy 20,000 copies of the book Najib Razak, Di Sebalik Nama (Behind The Name) worth about RM400,000 is believed to be under a corruption investigation involving a director of Permodalan Usahawan Nasional Berhad.
A project to buy 20,000 copies of the book Najib Razak, Di Sebalik Nama (Behind The Name) worth about RM400,000 is believed to be under a corruption investigation involving a director of Permodalan Usahawan Nasional Berhad.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A project to buy 20,000 copies of the book Najib Razak, Di Sebalik Nama (Behind The Name) worth about RM400,000 (S$134,000) is believed to be under a corruption investigation involving a director of Permodalan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB).

So far, three key witnesses have had their statements recorded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), sources said.

It is learnt the MACC has started an investigation against the board member over alleged abuse of power.

"Witnesses to be called in very soon are those with knowledge or some links on the publication of a book project. We believe the board member has misused his position to appoint a publishing company belonging to a crony," said a souce.

Selangor MACC director Alias Salim confirmed the details.

Datuk Alias said his officers will need to scrutinise the statements from witnesses and seized documents during their visit to PUNB last week.

"Investigations are being carried out under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009," he said.

According to reports, it was alleged that the project involved the purchase of 20,000 copies of the book Najib Razak, Di Sebalik Nama, worth about RM400,000, at the end of last year.

A team of MACC officers were said to have visited human resource and finance divisions of the PUNB office in Jalan Stesen Sentral 5 in Kuala Lumpur to carry out an investigation.