MACC to submit report to home ministry on overseas visa system

MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya speaks to the media with her deputy Azam Baki at the court complex in Kuala Lumpur today.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today said it would submit a report to the home ministry on the overseas visa system (VLN) which it labelled as “flawed”.

MACC deputy chief commissioner Azam Baki said his officers would submit the report as soon as possible.

“We will send a report regarding the loopholes in the system so that they can take further action,” he said after attending the corruption case of former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Yesterday, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the government would allow the company handling the VLN system to continue operating until a replacement company is found.

The company, Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd, was implicated in the seven new corruption charges levelled today against Zahid, who was home minister at the time.

Zahid was accused of receiving S$4.24 million from Ultra Kirana between March 2017 and March last year, to extend its contract in managing the VLN and one-stop centre service in China.

Meanwhile, MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said she and her senior officers had come to court to observe the proceedings.

“This is not a normal corruption case as it involved a high-ranking officer at the time the alleged offence took place and the amount involved is high,” she said.

Latheefa added that 33 more charges would be made against Zahid at the Shah Alam Sessions Court tomorrow over the same transaction.

She said the total amount involved in both cases is over RM47 million.