MACC summons Hisham over land swap issue

Former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has summoned former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein to give his statement on Sunday in relation to its investigations into the land swap issue.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki said former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had already given his statement on the same issue.

“Besides Zahid and Hishammuddin, we do not rule out the possibility that we will call former prime minister Najib Razak. Perhaps he is also involved in this.

“But we have to get evidence first,” he told reporters at the MACC headquarters here today.

The defence ministry recently revealed that the government had lost more than RM500 million in land swap deals since 1997.

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said the findings followed an investigation, the results of which were presented by the Committee on Investigation, Government Procurement and Finance, chaired by Ambrin Buang on Jan 28.

It was reported that 16 land swap projects were carried out involving 1,183 hectares of land owned by the ministry, with a project cost of RM4.8 billion.

Separately, Azam revealed that MACC has detained two individuals in connection to the procurement of RM300 million worth of military helicopters in 2015 which have yet to be delivered to the Malaysian Armed Forces.

“We have investigated and detained two suspects from the company which got the project.

“The remand order for the two individuals is for six days,” he said, adding that they had been in remand for three days now.