Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Trio to be called in for MACC's probe into RM600 billion pandemic budget - Sources

 Muhyiddin, Zafrul and KJ to be interviewed by anti-graft body

KUL, 7 Dec: Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz is fast becoming the most prominent member of Anwar Ibrahim's Cabinet but for the wrong reasons (and not necessarily his own doing). Read  Abu Dhabi trip  and Shameless Royal lobby.

Latest, the Minister of International Trade and Industry can surely expect a call  from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to assist in the MACC's probe into how some RM600 billion was spent during his tenure as Minister of Finance to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic that officially hit the nation in 2020. 

People told me former PM Muhyiddin Yasin, who made Zafrul senator and MOF in 2020, will also be called in by the anti-graft body. Former Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin will also be asked to assist in the investigation. Point to note: KJ was Health Minister since Aug 2021. Under Muhyiddin, he was holding the science and technology portfolio.

Muhyiddin lost his bid to become PM a second time when his coalition Perikatan Nasional came in second behind Anwar Ibrahim's Pakatan Harapan at the general elections on Nov 19. He was PM from Feb 29 2020 to Aug 16 2021. Ismail Sabri succeeded him until last month. Under Ismail's premiership, Muhyiddin was made chairman of the National Recovery Council, a position that carries the status and perks of a Cabinet minister.

The MACC has confirmed investigating the RM600 billion spending yesterday (read HERE).

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