MACC to open new investigation paper on Felda

Dzulkifli-Ahmad-feldaKUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will open a new investigation paper on the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), according to its chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad.

He said the move followed a new lead in an issue involving Felda received by the commission recently.

“I have instructed for a new investigation paper to be opened and we will issue a press statement on the matter very soon,” he told a media conference after attending the Anti-Corruption Revolution Movement (Gerah) programme at Hospital Kuala Lumpur here yesterday.

Dzulkifli, however, said that the investigations into the alleged corruption and abuse of power at Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) were still ongoing.

The FGV management crisis reached its peak when its group president and chief executive officer (CEO) Zakaria Arshad and the group chief financial officer Ahmad Tifli Mohd Talha, together with two other senior members of the management team, were suspended and given a leave of absence on June 6 pending a probe of certain deals under Delima Oil Products Sdn Bhd, which is a subsidiary of FGV.

On June 7, the government appointed former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Idris Jala to oversee the decision and to recommend a way forward for FGV.

On June 20, FGV announced the resignation of its chairman Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, while the government in a separate statement announced the appointment of Sulaiman Mahbob as acting FGV chairman with immediate effect.

On the Gerah programme, Dzulkifli said the programme, which commenced three months ago, had brought about positive impact as there was an increase in the number of reports received by the commission from members of the public.