PUTRAJAYA: The RM107mil corruption scandal in the Sports Ministry will not derail the preparation work ahead of the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
This is the assurance given by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
The Malaysian sports fraternity has been rocked by an incident last Friday when the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) arrested a 56-year-old division secretary of the ministry on the suspicion of embezzling RM107mil since 2010.
Khairy said on Monday that the SEA Games preparation work and other development programmes under the ministry would continue as planned as they were not related to the case.
“The alleged misappropriation case involves a specific division and it does not affect development projects. However, if the MACC would like to look at all the financial procedures of the ministry, we are ready to cooperate,” said Khairy during a press conference.
“It will not affect preparations for the SEA Games.”
Khairy said that the suspect had manipulated a weakness in their system and was able to approve funding without his or the secretary-general’s authorization.
Aware of the loophole, Khairy said that he had spoken to the chief secretary to set-up an independent taskforce to improvise on the processes.
“There are two issues here, one is the investigation of the criminal act, which is undertaken by the MACC. I cannot comment on the investigation because it’s under the purview of MACC,” said Khairy.
“What we can do at the ministry is to look internally immediately to ensure that such exploitation of the existing system does not happen again.”
“We have identified some weaknesses in the mechanism but we want it to be thoroughly investigated by the independent body.”