Yeoh welcomes MACC probe into Selangor DRT project


KUALA LUMPUR: Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh has welcomed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation into the Selangor demand-responsive transit (DRT) project.

"I welcome MACC’s probe into the Selangor DRT proof-of- concept (POC).

"Now that the probe has started, I want to see truth and vindication come out of this investigation. Malaysia deserves nothing less," she said.

Yeoh’s statement comes following reports that the MACC had launched a probe into the POC for the transportation project by the Selangor government involving Asia Mobility Technologies Sdn Bhd (Asia Mobiliti), a company linked to her husband Ramachandran Muniandy.

She added that she would leave the matter to the authorities and avoid further comments to prevent any perceived interference with the ongoing investigation.

"It would not be proper for me to comment as it may be construed as interference with the investigations. This is why I had not said anything sooner, as the best way forward is to leave it to the relevant authorities," Yeoh said in a statement on her Facebook page on Saturday (June 1).

It was also reported that the MACC had received several new reports regarding the matter, providing new leads for the anti-graft agency to examine.

Asia Mobiliti was one of two companies selected for the new DRT system pilot project under the Selangor Mobility initiative.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had recently said that if any reports were lodged, the case should be investigated transparently.

Previously, it was reported that the Selangor government had appointed a company linked to Yeoh’s husband to provide on-demand transportation services in the state.

An uproar on X ensued over the company’s appointment, with Selangor investment, trade and mobility committee chairman Ng Sze Han subsequently issuing a statement to clarify the matter.

On May 26, MCA Youth secretary-general Saw Yee Fung urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to look into the awarding of the project.

The following day, MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said there was no wrongdoing as the project was awarded by a separate entity, the state government, not Yeoh's ministry.

The outcry continued, however, with the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Centre) urging the government on Wednesday (May 29) to enact procurement reforms.

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