Military land deal: MACC to probe Zahid, Hishammuddin

Military land deal: MACC to probe Zahid, Hishammuddin

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former Umno vice president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein will be hauled up for questioning by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) after the Aidilfitri holidays over graft cases involving the exchange of military land.

Zahid was home minister and deputy prime minister in the former government. He also served as defence minister. Hishammuddin is a former defence minister.

English daily, The Star reported that the MACC are still studying the case based on the 16 reports that they received before they called the two Umno leaders for questioning.

Other individuals aside from the twowould also be called in for questioning.

“The officers are still going through the documents and Hari Raya is next week. Let’s wait after that before we begin investigations. Anyone who can help us in the probe can and will be called,” the source was further quoted as saying.

Zahid had previously told the media that he is ready to cooperate with and assist investigations, while Hishammuddin challenged Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu and deputy Liew Chin Tong to prove he benefited from land swap deals during his tenure.

On May 17, the Defence Ministry handed over 14 reports pertaining to the alleged dubious land swaps, after surrendering two reports earlier.

The 16 land swaps involved land plots at Jalan Ampang in Kuala Lumpur, Tanah Batu Uban in Penang, Bukit Raja in Selangor, Pientong in Johor, Tanah Rata in Pahang, Bandar Kinrara in Selangor and Stampin in Sarawak.

The reports were the findings of the Governance, Procurement and Finance Investigating Committee which investigated 16 deals involving 1,183ha of land belonging to the ministry.

Land value aside, the cost of the project was estimated at RM4.88 billion.