Ex-minister's aide probed for misuse of funds for poor

Ex-minister's aide probed for misuse of funds for poor
Some of the cars belonging to the aide that were confiscated by the authorities.

MALAYSIA - A former Malaysian minister's key aide is being investigated for graft, The Star reported.

The minister's political secretary, who is also a former one-term assemblyman, is being probed for alleged misappropriation of funds from 1Azam, a welfare programme for the poor, the report said.

The 54-year-old datuk was detained at about 5pm last Friday in Putrajaya and taken to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters for questioning, sources said.

The report added that the MACC director of investigations, Mr Mustafar Ali, confirmed the arrest and investigations related to 1Azam.

"The man was released... but investigations are still ongoing," he said.

Mr Mustafar declined to give details about the investigations, saying his officers were still probing the case.

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