MACC raids Maika offices in Klang, Brickfields over alleged corruption, abuse of power

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  • Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission raided Maika Holdings' offices Tuesday (April 16) as part of its investigation into alleged corruption and abuse of power.

According to MACC sources, the MACC officers raided the Maika Holdings office in Klang and its company secretary's office in Brickfields.

"MACC raided both offices at around noon yesterday. The officers were there for a few hours and left with some documents," the source told The Malaysian Insight.

The news portal reported that the anti-graft body will conduct more raids in the near future, as well as call up several people for questioning.

The source said that MACC was instructed to act against Maika following an exposé by Sarawak Report in February this year.

Sarawak Report had alleged that Maika had passed millions of ringgit in cash and other forms of payments to companies linked to its former chief executive Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari.

It claimed twenty cash payments totalling RM1.6mil by Maika to him between 2003 and 2009, some under the guise of "promotional finder fees".

Vell Paari was reported saying that Maika Holdings had owed him money - claiming that payments remitted to him when he was the fund's chief executive were mere refunds.

Vell Paari, who is now MIC secretary-general, had denied any wrongdoing.

Instead, Vell Paari claimed that he was also blackmailed prior to the expose, with the extortionists demanding payment of RM3.5mil to "resolve the subject matter of the article".
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