MACC officers leave FIC office after 8 hours with stacks of documents


KUALA LUMPUR: Eight Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers were seen leaving Balai Felda at 5.45pm today, some eight hours after they arrived at the Felda Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd's (FIC) office in the building.

The uniformed officers left with three boxes and two suitcases of documents believed to be pertaining to FIC’s purchase of a RM330 million four-star hotel in Kensington, London.

It is believed that the MACC officers had also interrogated several FIC staff members during the visit.

The anti-graft team arrived at Balai Felda at 10.20am and were escorted to the FIC office on the fourth floor by a team of Felda auxiliary policemen.

Today’s visit comes in the wake of the MACC’s decision to open an investigation into the hotel purchase, made between 2013 and 2015, following the receipt of fresh information.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulfikli Ahmad had earlier said that a detailed probe will be carried out to determine if there was corruption or abuse of power involved in the hotel's purchasing process.

Based on initial investigation, the MACC believes that the FIC overpaid for the hotel, causing millions of ringgit in losses for the plantations giant.

It was reported that the FIC had acquired the hotel in the upmarket Kensington area in London for £60 million (RM330 million), making it the 12th investment in the group's hospitality portfolio.

The MACC is also expected to call up several witnesses, including those who had their statements recorded as part of the separate Felda Global Ventures (FGV) investigation last month, to help in the FIC investigation.

Meanwhile, an FIC Corporate Communications Division spokesman said in a statement that the company has given its full support and cooperation to enable the authorities to carry out a detailed and thorough investigation.

The statement said that the FIC is committed to supporting efforts by relevant parties to enhance transparency, accountability, integrity and ethical business practices, which are key features of good corporate governance.