KUALA LUMPUR, June 24, 2015:
Malaysian authorities will investigate the allegation that several individuals linked to Mara were involved in an alleged property scam in Melbourne, the Prime Minister said.
“Action will be taken if there is any wrongdoing and fraud,” Datuk Seri Najib Razak wrote on his Facebook wall late last night.
Najib was alluding to The Age , an Australian daily, which reported that a senior official and former politician allegedly spent millions of government funds to buy an apartment block in Melbourne in a property scam.
The report also stated “a group of very rich Malaysian officers” paid A$4.75 million (RM13.8 million) for an apartment in 2013.
The report added the three individuals offered a higher price for buying the Dudley International House building, from A$17.8 million to A$22.5 million (RM51.7 million to RM65.2 million), with the additional funds of A$4.75 million (RM13.75 million) allegedly paid as a bribe in Malaysia.
The paper also reported the building developers had also issued a fake invoice that included details like consultancy and advice services from the Malaysian firm.
Mara chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa said he would hold a press conference today at 10.30am regarding the matter.
Meanwhile, two DAP lawmakers also called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to immediately investigate the case as well as all business transactions related to Mara.
Bukit Bendera Member of Parliament Zairil Khir Johari and Bukit Mertajam representative Steven Sim said the anti-graft body should look into several matters, including the allegation of the A$4.75 million bribe that was the subject of a liquidation proceeding at the Victorian Supreme Court and the RM63.5 million purchase of three other properties in Melbourne, which were reportedly transacted through shelf companies.
“The detailed revelation byThe Ageraises serious allegations of money laundering, corruption and criminal breach of trust on the part of Mara officials, particularly those of its subsidiary Mara Inc,” they said in a joint statement.
The Mara scandal, they added, was proof yet again that something was “fundamentally rotten” across Malaysian government agencies, especially those entrusted with investing public funds.
“Unless the MACC acts fervently and decisively, the people’s trust in the federal government will continue to erode.”