KUALA LUMPUR: The Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) board has dismissed Tan Sri Annuar Musa's claim that he was suspended as the group's chairman over his support for the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
Interim chairman Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob, in a statement today, said the suspension was to enable to investigations to take place regarding allegations of sponsorship for Kelantan's Red Warriors football team.
This was in response to claims by Annuar, quoted by a Chinese daily, that his support for UEC was the main reason behind his suspension.
Annuar was also quoted as saying that there were those who were uncomfortable with his support for the standardised test for Chinese independent high school students.
The suspension, Yusof stressed, was in no relation to Annuar's stand on UEC; rather it was to secure public confidence in Mara's corporate governance.
“Annuar had been informed previously not to issue any statements until investigation by the Mara internal audit committee is completed.
"Also, his involvement or support of the UEC is in no way related to Mara's decision to suspend him as chairman but clearly due to sponsorship issues for the Red Warriors.
"I hope all parties, including Tan Sri Annuar, understand this fact without distorting it."
Annuar was indefinitely suspended as Mara chairman with immediate effect on Jan 31, after documents of sponsorship by Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) and Pelaburan Mara Bhd (PMB) for the Kelantan football team was exposed by Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is in the midst of examining Annuar over claims that he compelled PMB and UniKL to sponsor the Kelantan football team to the tune of RM700,000.
Annuar has since maintained that Mara did not sponsor the Kelantan team, and that UniKL was a private firm that made its own decisions.