Malaysia's anti-graft agency to quiz former DPM Ahmad Zahid over alleged misuse of funds

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers are also expected to take statements on Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid's purported meeting.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers are also expected to take statements on Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid's purported meeting. PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will have to face graft investigators who will be calling him on Monday (July 2) to seek an explanation on the alleged use of funds belonging to a foundation.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers are also expected to take statements on Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid's purported meeting with a member of Saudi Arabia's royal family who is said to have donated money to former prime minister Najib Razak.

Highly-placed sources said the former deputy prime minister will be asked to explain allegations that funds from the foundation were used to pay off credit cards belonging to him and his wife amounting to RM800,000.

Dr Ahmad Zahid is the chairman of the foundation. 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.

"Investigators will also be asking about a statement which he made about him meeting a Saudi prince. We would like to find out more about this person whom he is said to have met and what transpired during the meeting," said a source.

On Aug 22, 2015, Dr Ahmad Zahid, who was speaking at the opening of Sri Gading Umno division, said that he had met the wealthy Arab family who donated US$700 million that was channelled into Datuk Seri Najib's personal account.

He said the family - whom he did not name - had donated the money because of Malaysia's commitment in fighting terrorism and being a moderate Muslim country with a plural society.

MACC top-level officers could not be contacted about Dr Ahmad Zahid's appointment with them.