MACC to wrap up probe on Isa Samad soon

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  • Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is set to wrap up its investigations on former Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad (pic) over controversial hotel purchases by Felda Investment Corporation (FIC).

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad said that investigations are almost complete but refused to divulge further information on the matter.

"There are several matters that need to be tied up before we can wrap up our investigations.

"We expect to do this by the end of this month," he told reporters after launching MACC's anti-corruption posters and painted messages on two train coaches at the Bank Rakyat Bangsar LRT station on Tuesday.

He said the investigation papers will be submitted to the Attorney-General's Chambers and will also contain MACC's recommendations.

Asked if Mohd Isa would be charged along with several others, Dzulkifli said that this had yet to be finalised.

Dzulkifli also refused to comment on the fate of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) group president and CEO Datuk Zakaria Arshad who was called in to assist MACC in investigations.

Zakaria, who was suspended for three months pending a domestic probe by the company, is expected to resume his post this week.

Mohd Isa, who was also FGV chairman, was arrested and remanded at the commission's headquarters on Aug 15 after he was called in for a statement.

He is among a long list of individuals who have been called up by the MACC over FIC's purchases of hotels in London and Kuching.

Previously, his former aide Muhammad Zahid Md Arip as well as former FIC chief executive officer Zaid Abdul Jalil were held under MACC remand.

The MACC also called up FIC's former and present directors and lawyers to assist in investigations.

FIC is said to have purchased a hotel in Kensington, London for an inflated price of RM330mil, when the actual value is said to have been RM110mil.

Its purchase of a hotel in Kuching for RM160mil is also said to have been RM50mil more than the actual value.


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