MACC grills ex-education minister for 8 hours over solar project

Former education minister Mahdzir Khalid had his statement taken for over eight hours at MACC today. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Former education minister Mahdzir Khalid had his statement taken for over eight hours by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the solar hybrid project for rural schools in Sarawak.

The Padang Terap MP, who had arrived at the MACC headquarters here about 10am, was seen leaving the place at 6.15pm.

A source in MACC said Mahdzir would be called again to give his statement over the same case at 9am tomorrow.

The media had earlier reported that a former Cabinet minister would be detained by the MACC today and he was expected to be charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court tomorrow.

On Nov 15, Rosmah Mansor, wife of former prime minister Najib Razak, and his special officer, Rizal Mansor, were charged with soliciting and receiving bribes involving a solar hybrid project for rural schools in Sarawak.

Rosmah, who pleaded not guilty in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court to two counts of soliciting and receiving RM1.5 million in bribes involving the supply and installation of the solar hybrid system in several rural schools in Sarawak, was allowed bail of RM1 million in one surety.

Rizal, who faces four charges of soliciting and receiving bribes for himself and Rosmah, was allowed bail of RM1 million in two sureties.