PETALING JAYA: More witnesses will be called in to assist in a graft probe involving a director of Permodalan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB) in relation to a book project, sources said.
So far, three key witnesses have had their statements recorded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
It is learnt the MACC has started an investigation against the board member over alleged abuse of power.
“Witnesses to be called in very soon are those with knowledge or some links on the publication of a book project.
“We believe the board member had misused his position to appoint a publishing company belonging to a crony,” said a source.
Selangor MACC director Datuk Alias Salim confirmed the matter.
Alias said his officers would need to scrutinise the statements from witnesses and seized documents during their visit to PUNB last week.
Investigations are being carried out under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009, he added.
According to reports, it was alleged that the project involved the purchase of 20,000 copies of the book Najib Razak, Di Sebalik Nama, worth about RM400,000, at the end of last year.
A team of MACC officers were said to have visited the human resources and finance divisions of the PUNB office in Jalan Stesen Sentral 5 in their investigations into the matter.
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