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Mara chairman grilled by MACC for four hours

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PUTRAJAYA — February 3, 2017: Suspended Mara chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa said he has provided all information within his knowledge during the four hours he was questioned over allegations of embezzlement and abuse of power at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) here today.

Annuar said said his presence at the MACC was to fulfill his obligation and give his cooperation after it was understood that the agency had started an investigation against him.

“I answered whatever I knew according to the questions raised. Other than that, I leave it to MACC and their investigation team,” he told reporters before leaving.

Annuar, who returned from New Zealand last night, arrived at MACC at 8.55 am looking calm as he smiled and thanked media representatives who had waited for him as early as 7am.

He was suspended from his posts chairman of Mara and Pelaburan Mara Berhad (PMB) following a Mara council meeting last Tuesday to enable the agency’s internal auditors to investigate several matters, including the sponsorship of the Kelantan football team by PMB and Mara-owned UniKL.

On the same day the MACC confirmed opening an investigation paper.

When asked what was the main line of questioning by the investigators, Annuar said he answered several questions, among them on his involvement in UniKL and the company managing sponsorship for the Kelantan Football Association (KAFA).

He also described the allegations and investigations against him as part of the challenges faced in serving the people.

“I manage Kelantan football because it is of public interest, so we do what is best but when allegations of misuse of Mara scholarship funds and coercion into giving sponsorship and others are raised, this is quite serious.

“If it truly happened, then it is bad for a public servant, an MP and a politician who has reached 60 years in age, so it must be investigated because to
me, this is a grave offence,” he said.

Asked when he would be meeting the prime minister, Annuar said no date has been fixed.

“I am the person who has been accused and the MACC is an independent body. Even though I have been urged to meet the prime minister, I have refused as I do not want people to make wild accusations. I will bear full responsibility,” he said.

On his intention to run for the Football Association Malaysia presidency, he said the investigation would not affect his eligibility to contest.

“You will only be disqualified (from contesting) if you have been convicted of an offence or adjudged a bankrupt. Being investigated by MACC does not count, so I am still eligible. But that doesn’t mean that I am contesting.” — Bernama

 

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