SEVERAL people are expected to be hauled to court soon as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) wraps up its investigations into the Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) scandal.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki said yesterday the commission would be submitting its investigation papers to the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) by next week.
He said investigators were in the midst of compiling pertinent documents and were expected to complete this “any time now”.
However, he declined to reveal how many people were expected to be charged over the scandal, nor how many charges would be filed.
“Let the DPP decide,” was all he would tell the New Straits Times.
Azam said the report to the DPP was based on documents seized from the FGV headquarters, statements taken from former FGV chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, its suspended chief executive officer and president Datuk Zakaria Arshad, FGV’s board of directors and more than 60 of its staff members and stakeholders.
All in, more than 100 witnesses had been called in by MACC.
Azam said MACC did not receive any new information aside from the documents and interviews, stating that those were all they had investigated with regards to the case.
The FGV management crisis reached its peak when Zakaria and group chief financial officer Ahmad Tifli Mohd Talha, together with two other senior management members, were suspended and given leave of absence on June 6 pending a probe into certain business deals.
Reports stated that the issue was triggered by late payments involving Afghan company Safitex for palm oil products supplied by FGV subsidiary Delima Oil Products Sdn Bhd.
The other two senior management members were Delima Oil Products senior general manager Kamarzaman Abd Karim and FGV Trading chief executive officer Ahmad Salman Omar.
Zakaria and Isa, who is now acting Land Public Transport Commission chairman, cooperated with MACC throughout the investigations, which began early last month.
The NST had reported that MACC was probing into at least six areas that warranted attention, including abuse of power by a top official who had allowed the company to foot his wife’s travels on first-class flights despite not being entitled to such benefits.
It was also reported that the commission had in custody documents related to a condominium renovation project that was said to have been awarded to the same official’s crony.
MACC was also said to be looking into the expansion of FGV’s agreements with Cambridge Nanosystems, involving about £100 million (RM551 million).
“They also took away documents that provide the breakdown of the nonsensical payouts FGV had to make that should not have been done in the first place, as it had nothing to do with FGV’s business. Among them were dinners that FGV had nothing to do with,” a source said.
Sources also suggested that MACC could be dusting off “old files” dating back to 2011, before Zakaria was appointed.
On June 19, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that Isa had agreed to relinquish his position as FGV chairman and appointed Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Mahbob as the new acting chairman, effective immediately.
The government appointed former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala as an independent party to address the crisis and recommend a way forward for FGV.
This week, FGV set up a domestic inquiry panel, comprising three members, to facilitate a probe into four former board members. The probe is expected to be completed by Aug 14.