MACC to continue grilling Zahid tomorrow

Former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi leaving MACC headquarters today.

PUTRAJAYA: Former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was questioned again for another nine hours today at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters.

He came in at 9.15am and left at 6pm.

Yesterday, Zahid was also questioned by anti-graft officials for more than eight hours.

Zahid said he would be coming back there again tomorrow for another round of questioning.

“I want to thank the media for staying since early morning until evening to see me.”

Zahid is being questioned over allegations of abuse of funds from his family-run foundation, Yayasan Akal Budi.

Zahid, who is chairman of the foundation, arrived this morning, followed shortly after by his daughter, Nurulhidayah.

In a meeting with MACC in July, Zahid said a sum of RM800,000 had been reimbursed to the foundation two years ago.

He blamed an employee for making a mistake in issuing a cheque from the foundation to pay for his credit card bills, saying he had earlier instructed the employee to prepare the payment from his personal bank account.

He was also questioned that month over an alleged meeting with a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family in 2015, who is said to have donated money to former prime minister Najib Razak.