PUTRAJAYA - Graft investigators are expected to question Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) over claims he used funds belonging to Yayasan Akal Budi when they haul him up for the third time tomorrow.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) sources said they had not completed questioning the Umno president and former deputy prime minister on the case.
They said Dr Ahmad Zahid had only been questioned on the Yayasan issue on July 3. His first meeting with the MACC the day earlier was believed to be on investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
“We will be speaking to him on this (Yayasan Akal Budi) matter,” a source told The Star yesterday.
The Umno president is expected to face MACC charges in regard to the alleged misappropriation of a foundation’s funds.An MACC source was also quoted by an online portal as saying that Dr Ahmad Zahid was likely to be charged on Thursday. If this is true, it will mean spending the night at the MACC headquarters.
MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull confirmed that a notice had been sent to Dr Ahmad Zahid requiring his presence at the commission’s headquarters at 10am.
Zahid however tweeted yesterday that MACC would only be recording his statement and advised his supporters against holding a gathering in front of MACC headquarters.
He was responding to a message purportedly issued by Pemantau Malaysia Baru president and Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam that was circulated, informing party members to be present there in a show of support for Dr Ahmad Zahid.
“I hope that there is no demonstration on Wednesday in front of the MACC headquarters.
“I will give my statement. Full cooperation will be given to the MACC,’ he said.
When contacted later, Dr Ahmad Zahid pledged to give his full cooperation to the investigators.
“I will be present at the (MACC) office and give my statement. There is no need to conduct any gathering there,” he said.
The solidarity call to Umno members was later rescinded.
Dr Ahmad Zahid is the chairman of Yayasan Akal Budi, a foundation he set up for Islamic charity with personal donations from him and close friends.
According to reports, he had been asked to explain claims that RM800,000 (S$266,186) in foundation funds were used to pay off credit card bills belonging to him and his wife.
Dr Ahmad Zahid was quoted as saying that he had repaid all the money belonging to a foundation that was used to pay off his credit card bills and that of his wife.