NGO under probe over alleged misuse of govt allocations to help Indian students

PETALING JAYA: A popular voluntary group involved in raising the educational level of Indian students in the country is under investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over alleged misappropriation of government allocations, FMT has learned.

Investigations started after a letter was sent to the anti-graft body’s chief commissioner regarding the alleged misuse of RM66.8 million worth of government money that was given to the centre from 2008 to 2017, a source linked to the probe confirmed.

The letter to MACC chief Latheefa Koya dated July 17, which was sighted by FMT, was sent by an individual who wanted to stay anonymous.

In claiming that money had been misappropriated, the person urged the MACC to contact the heads of all 45 schools where student development programmes were said to have been carried out to find out the truth.

The letter asked that 10 companies linked to the director and adviser of the NGO be also probed.

A copy of the letter has also been sent to the prime minister, finance minister, home minister, economic affairs minister, the national unity minister, the attorney-general, chief justice and the inspector-general of police, among others.

When contacted, a spokesman for the NGO, who asked not to be named, said they had not been contacted by the MACC, adding that they would cooperate fully with the MACC if it decided to investigate.