The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Fee (MACC) mentioned in a press release that it recorded the testimony of former prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob about using RM700 million in funds that have been “spent for publicity and promotion functions throughout the earlier authorities’s administration” on Wednesday.
The Keluarga Malaysia (Family Malaysia) program, launched by Ismail Sabri in August 2021, aimed to boost the financial well-being of households by implementing varied initiatives, notably in response to the financial challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This system acquired a heavy backlash from the general public because the residents criticized it for the pointless use of public funds. The MACC is conducting investigations into the expenditure of the previous administration, prompted by allegations of misappropriation of public funds throughout the 2020 to 2022 marketing campaign interval.
As a part of this investigation, MACC is engaged in investigation of former officers, together with shut aides of the previous prime minister. In February 2023, MACC started an investigation into the belongings of former finance minister, Tun Abdul Daim bin Zainuddin, inside and outdoors of the nation. Zainuddin is going through allegations of abuse of energy and cash laundering below Anti-Money Laundering Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Illegal Actions Act, 2001 and the MACC Act, 2009. Zainuddin has denied all of the allegations and known as the investigations “witch hunts.”
Zainuddin, alongside together with his spouse and two youngsters, have been requested to testify about “high-value belongings” which can be below their firm’s identify. The investigation started attributable to disclosure of their belongings from Pandora Papers.
Ismail Sabri served because the ninth prime minister of Malaysia from 2021 to 2022. He known as an early election within the nation in 2022 attributable to his events weakening alliance with different events, prompted by mounting criticism towards the federal government, notably relating to questions surrounding its legitimacy.