Land swap deal: MACC likely to call Zahid, Hishammuddin to give statements

Land swap deal: MACC likely to call Zahid, Hishammuddin to give statements

PUCHONG: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) would likely call upon former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein to give statements regarding land swap issues.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (Operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the investigation into the issue had begun after receiving the report from the Defence Minister’s Office a few months ago.

“We are currently investigating two cases that were reported and we have to look into the Defence Ministry’s audit report thoroughly.

“We need to assess and ascertain the alleged elements of corruption and abuse of power in the land swap issues,” he said without elaborating details on when the duo will be called.

It was reported that Hishammuddin had also filed a report over the ministry’s dubious land swap deals to MACC last week.

Azam said no arrest was made so far.

Last week, the Defence Ministry lodged a report with the MACC pertaining to the remaining 14 dubious land swaps deal involving the ministry.

The report was lodged by special officer to Defence Minister, Mohd Nasaie Ismail at the MACC headquarters following the Governance, Procurement and Finance Investigating Committee’s findings on 16 land swap deals involving land belonging to the ministry.

In February, the ministry lodged a report to the MACC on two projects involving the construction of army camps in Paloh, Johor and Hutan Melintang, Perak.