MACC probing AirAsia-Airbus bribery allegations

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  • Saturday, 01 Feb 2020

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya. MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed that it has already initiated investigations into corruption allegations involving AirAsia executives.

Its chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said the MACC was in touch with the authorities in the United Kingdom over the case.

Latheefa said the MACC Act empowered the commission to have jurisdiction to investigate any act of corruption committed by any Malaysian citizen or permanent resident in any place outside Malaysia.

"In the case of the Airbus-AirAsia disclosures, I can confirm that the MACC is in touch with the UK authorities and is already investigating the matter," she said on Saturday (Feb 1).

According to a media report, Airbus would be paying a series of record-breaking settlements including nearly €1bil (RM4.54bil) to the UK's fraud office after admitting to "endemic" levels of bribery across its international business.

The report also mentioned that legal documents attached to the settlement revealed instances of bribery, including Airbus paying millions of US dollars and offering millions of US dollars more to sponsor a sports team linked to two unnamed executives described as "key decision-makers" at AirAsia and AirAsiaX.

The report also said the airline ordered 180 aircraft from Airbus, with the executives described as being "rewarded in respect of the aircraft order", which the document said was "secured by way of improper payments".

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