As MACC probes, GLC boss told to go on leave

Penang Umno chief Zainal Abidin Osman.
Penang Umno chief Zainal Abidin Osman.

GEORGE TOWN: The chief executive officer (CEO) of a federal government-linked company (GLC) developing affordable homes in Penang has been asked to go on leave pending an investigation by graft-busters.

This came following an allegation by PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail that JKP Sdn Bhd (JKP) CEO Samrulzaman K Mohideen’s former engineering firm had benefited RM3 million in projects from JKP.

JKP chairman and Penang Umno chief Zainal Abidin Osman said it would give full cooperation to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigators in the case.

“The officer being investigated by MACC has been told to go on leave while investigations are being carried out.

“This is a standard procedure by government agencies if there are reports made.

“We are made to understand that MACC has already conducted early investigations and has taken documents and other details required in the case.

“As a government agency, we are open to any scrutiny by investigating authorities,” he told reporters at the handing-over of keys ceremony for a JKP project in Bayan Lepas today.

TheSundaily had reported that MACC was seen entering JKP’s offices at Menara Umno, Macalister Road, recently.

Zainal said he was made to understand that more JKP staff will be called in for questioning and made possible witnesses in the case.

“We have already formed an internal investigation, led by JKP’s three board directors.

“Whatever we garner from there will be handed over to MACC for further action,” he said.

Saifuddin had claimed that Samrulzaman was a former director of the engineering firm, SSJ Engineering Consultancy. He claimed SSJ Engineering had obtained projects worth RM3 million from JKP.

Saifuddin had also said that although Samrulzaman had relinquished his directorship from the engineering firm in 2005, he was still signing cheques on behalf of the firm until today.

“There is a clear conflict of interest,” he had said.

Saifuddin also said the signed cheques and the dates of the transactions between JKP and SSJ Engineering were in his possession and more details would be revealed soon.

In response, Samrulzaman had said the accusation was an old story.

“But I reserve my comments for now. I will discuss with my company on further action,” Samrulzaman had told Malaysiakini.