MACC: DEIG probe if there are leads

The UMNO Youth members said checks with the Companies Commission Commission also revealed that DEIG was still a company with a paid up capital of RM2, but it could apply for a RM500 million loan

JELEBU: The Malaysian-Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) will open an investigation paper on the Darul Ehsan Investment Group’s (DEIG) establishment if there are new issues or leads.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzuklifli Ahmad said he must first consult with his officers to see whether the issue is similar with an issue that was investigated by the commission in 2015 and to see whether there are any new information.

Dzulkifli was commenting on report lodged by a group of Selangor Umno Youth members which called upon the authorities to probe how, DEIG, the investment arm of the Selangor state government which has a RM2 paid-up capital, was given projects worth RM10 billion to develop state-owned lands.

“The DEIG issue is similar with the Felda probe, of which at first there was no firm basis which justify an investigation. We only opened an investigation paper on Felda when we received some new information.

“In 2015, MACC investigated on DEIG’s formation status and we did not find any elements of corruption in the group,” Dzulkifli told reporters here after MACC’s Ziarah Kasih programme at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Triang Hilir, Simpang Durian earlier here today.

The Petaling Jaya Utara and Kelana Jaya Umno youth members claimed that checks with the Companies Commission of Malaysia revealed that DEIG shared the same director with Selangor’s Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI), which is at the centre of another investigation by the MACC for alleged abuse of power and corruption.

Petaling Jaya Utara Umno Youth chief Mohamad Fakhzan Md Noor said DEIG was only established in June 2015, but a month later had issued a statement that they would carry out a project worth about RM10 billion with MBI.

The UMNO Youth members said checks with the Companies Commission Commission also revealed that DEIG was still a company with a paid up capital of RM2, but it could apply for a RM500 million loan.

Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali had said in 2015 that DEIG would not begin operations until 2016.

But DEIG had, through its subsidiary DEIG Land, started a Request For Information in 2015 for development works on Selangor state government lands worth RM10 billion in Shah Alam, Gombak and Bukit Beruntung.

On Tuesday, MACC had raided the offices of MBI, University Selangor (Unisel) and Jana Niaga Sdn Bhd to probe payments totalling RM16 million allegedly made by MBI to Jana Niaga even though the company’s maintenance contract had allegedly been terminated by Unisel in 2012.

Source: Malaysian Digest

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