Zahid at MACC again

Former deputy prime minister and defence minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

PUTRAJAYA: Former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters today, a day after former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein was summoned as part of investigations linked to land swaps under the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration.

Zahid, who also had a stint as defence minister during Najib Razak’s tenure as prime minister from 2008 to 2018, arrived at about 9.20am.

This was the second time he was called in for questioning over the matter. He gave a statement to MACC last Thursday.

His car was seen leaving the MACC headquarters at noon.

Yesterday, Hishammuddin, who took over as defence minister and held office until the May 2018 general election, spent even hours with MACC investigators, over 16 land swaps in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Selangor, Johor, Pahang, and Sarawak.

On May 17, the defence ministry handed over 14 reports on the land swap deals in addition to the two reports surrendered earlier.

The reports were the findings of the Governance, Procurement and Finance Investigating Committee that had investigated 16 deals involving 1,183ha belonging to the ministry.

Besides the land value, the cost of the projects was estimated at RM4.88 billion.

The findings in one of the audit reports stated that a former prime minister and former defence ministers were found to have been involved in the land swap deal for the development of the Muara Tuang and Penrissen camps in Sarawak.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki previously said he did not rule out the possibility that Najib would be called to give his statement as well.