MACC likely to seek Radzi's statement over book-printing project claims

KUALA LUMPUR: Former education minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Jidin will likely be called in by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for its investigation on a multi-million ringgit book-printing project.

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said that the Putrajaya MP would be called up eventually.

"There is a high probability (he will be called up) but not now.

"We are still investigating the matter," he said when contacted on Sunday (Sept 24).

It was previously reported that the MACC arrested a former political secretary to a minister and another person in their probe.

Sources said the duo were arrested after having their statements taken on Friday (Sept 22) night at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

Both suspects have been remanded until Sept 26.

The source said that the first suspect, in his 20s, was a political secretary to a former senior minister.

The other is an owner of a company in his 50s, who is believed to have collaborated with the minister in question to award the project via direct negotiation.

When contacted, MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Ahmad Khusairi Yahaya confirmed the arrest.

"The case is being investigated under Section 16(a)(A) of the MACC Act 2009," he said.

Radzi has since denied any involvement in the project.

"The allegations linking me and my wife to the printing of the J-Qaf preschool books are absolutely false," he said in a Facebook video posted on Saturday (Sept 23).

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