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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24, 2015:

Citing public interest, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa ordered investigations by auditors into the agency’s Australian property purchases to be expedited.

In a report by the Malay Mail Online, Annuar said due to certain complications related to costing, the appointment of audit firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC) was only settled last week.

“It should have been last month, but because they needed to sort out the terms of reference, because the terms of reference had to do with costs and when it comes to costs we have to follow certain financial rules, but I’ve given a directive last week that everything must be expedited,” he was quoted as saying by the portal.

Anuar went on to advise against delaying when it came to the “bureaucracy of appointments”.

In June The Age had 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 (RM65.2), where the additional funds was 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.

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