Zahid confirms called by MACC over family-run foundation

Newly elected Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (third from right) with his new line up (from right) Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Ismail Sabri Yaakop, Mohamad Hasan, Mahdzir Khalid and Ashraf Wajdi Dusuki.

KUALA LUMPUR: Newly elected Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has confirmed that he will be meeting the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers tomorrow over a foundation run by his family.

“I have been asked to clarify several issues as highlighted by the media.

“It is on a foundation run by my family to do community welfare work, it is run according to shariah laws,” he said at PWTC today.

This is his first press conference after winning the top post in the Malay-based party.

He said the money in the foundation was donated by him and his friends.

“I will explain to MACC,” he said. However, he declined to say what time he would be meeting MACC officers tomorrow.

Zahid was asked about media reports stating that MACC officers were expected to take statements from him on his purported meeting with a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family, who was said to have donated money to former prime minister Najib Razak.

The Star quoted sources as saying that the former deputy prime minister would be asked to explain allegations that funds from the foundation were used to pay off credit cards belonging to him and his wife, amounting to RM800,000.

Zahid is the chairman of the foundation. Records showed that the foundation was registered in 1997 and its role was to receive and administer funds to eradicate poverty.

Meanwhile, asked if there were money politics during the Umno polls, Zahid said the party would look into it.

Yesterday, defeated Umno presidential candidate Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had claimed that there were rumours of money politics influencing the party polls.

He said a lot of money was apparently used to influence delegates during the voting process.

However, he expressed hope that it was only a rumour.

On whether Umno had received any money from 1MDB which is under probe by authorities in and out of the country, Zahid replied: “I will leave the probe to MACC.”