Malaysia's ex-DPM Zahid arrives at anti-graft agency for another round of questioning

Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi waves to the press as he arrives at the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on Oct 10, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi emerged from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) building after nine hours of questioning on Thursday (Oct 11). He said he will return on Friday to continue giving his statement on the case involving his family-run charity.

The former deputy prime minister emerged from the MACC headquarters at 6.15pm. He had arrived earlier in the morning at 9.15am.

This was the second time this week that Datuk Seri Zahid had been summoned by the MACC over Yayasan Akal Budi, a family-run welfare foundation of which he is chairman.

On Wednesday (Oct 10), Dr Ahmad Zahid was questioned for eight hours by the MACC over alleged misappropriation of funds belonging to the foundation.

His daughter Datuk Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid and brother Datuk Seri Mohamad Nasaee Ahmad Tarmizi also came to give their statements to investigators.

Although Ms Nurulhidayah was not questioned on Thursday, she was seen at the MACC building waiting for her father.

Mr Zahid was first questioned over the issue on July 3.

He was asked to explain why RM800,000 belonging to the foundation was used to pay off credit card bills of him and his wife.

He claimed that it happened because an aide mistakenly used the foundation's cheque to pay off the bills, but said that the amount had been repaid to the foundation.

The foundation was set up by his family to receive and administer funds to help the poor as well as provide Islamic education.

The MP for Bagan Datuk constituency in Perak also had his statement recorded by the MACC on July 2, but that was believed to be on investigations into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

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