Annuar: Mara property scandal still under probe

  • Nation
  • Friday, 23 Oct 2015

MARA has yet to take action against anyone over its Australian property scandal as the investigation has yet to be completed, said chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

Any premature move, he said, might result in defamation or wrongful dismissal.

“Actually, no individual has been found to have committed any wrongdoing. Only some names were mentioned. If the names were only mentioned, we cannot assume that they have committed wrong.

“That’s not fair,” he said.

Mara, he said, had to be fair to those under investigation as it involved their integrity and future, adding that it might have been an administrative error.

“The case is with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police. Mara will not interfere.

“We also do not demand that the investigating bodies report back to us. The process does not work that way. We will only continue to give our cooperation,” he said outside Parliament yesterday.

Earlier this year, a number of Mara officials were called up by the MACC over the acquisition of Dudley House in Melbourne following reports claiming that it overpaid by A$4.75mil (RM13.8mil) for the student housing facility.

Mara, said Annuar, had carried out an internal audit as well as commissioned Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) to conduct an external audit.

Although the external audit would set Mara back by RM2mil, Annuar said it decided that this was a necessary and fair expense.

Later in a statement, Mara, said Annuar, would appreciate it if PKR’s Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli and other people could cooperate by providing evidence or documents on this issue.

In a press conference earlier, Rafizi had accused Mara of not taking action against its investment executive linked to the purchase despite the existence of court documents.

Rafizi claimed that the high-ranking individual was named in the Australian court documents.

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