BUTTERWORTH: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is closely monitoring the Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) financial controversy.
“It does not mean that we can initiate investigation based on every piece of information received,” said MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull.
“We need to evaluate if the information is justified or not first.
“The commission can initiate an investigation even before a report is lodged.”
On Monday, Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa alleged TH had paid dividends to depositors illegally for four years from 2014 to 2017.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, who is in charge of Islamic affairs, said the dividend payments had contravened the Tabung Haji Act 1995 as TH had more debts than assets in the previous years.
He cited TH’s 2017 financial report, tabled in Parliament on Monday, which showed that it has more liabilities (RM74.4bil) than its total assets (RM70.3bil), meaning a total deficit of RM4.1bil as at Dec 31, 2017.
In a separate development, Mohd Shukri said investigation by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) into the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal did not contravene the investigation done by MACC.
“MACC will conduct our own investigation and charge the suspects in court, while PAC will have their own investigation.
“We are not to conflict each other. We are waiting for the court decision as we believe their investigation result will be the same as MACC’s,” he said.
Earlier, Mohd Shukri launched the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTMB)’s newly wrapped three-coach train bearing the commission’s logo and message to discourage corruption.
The train, which plies between Butterworth and Padang Besar station, carries an average 15,000 passengers daily. The wrapping will be on the train for one year.
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