RM25 million graft probe opened over 1Malaysia Negaraku projects

Former minister Salleh Said Keruak with former prime minister Najib Razak at the launch of 1Malaysia Negaraku last year. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A graft probe has been started over the embezzlement of some RM25 million belonging to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), in projects related to 1Malaysia Negaraku, the battle cry of former prime minister Najib Razak.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it was focusing its probe on a senior officer from the National Film Development Board (Finas), who was allegedly tasked by the former communications and multimedia minister to manage finances related to the project.

MACC also questioned four officials from Finas today, including its director-general Fauzi Yob.

It is understood that the senior officer at the centre of the probe had the power to approve contracts awarded to companies appointed by the minister.

“The minister at that time instructed the senior officer to use close to RM25 million from MCMC’s funds for the project,” said a source from MACC.

FMT has contacted former minister Salleh Said Keruak for a response.

MACC meanwhile confirmed that its officers had visited the companies involved in the projects and seized several documents.

It said some 70 individuals were also contacted to assist in the investigations.