Minister: MACC probe on Annuar Musa completed, no need for Johor prince’s testimony

BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
Annuar was suspended after Tunku Ismail accused the former of using his position as MARA chairman to force MARA Investment (PMB) and tertiary education institution Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) to sponsor the Kelantan football team. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has wrapped up its investigations against suspended Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa, in relation to alleged abuses of power.

Minister Datuk Paul Low said Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Ibrahim, who had accused Annuar of the misdeeds at the Bumiputera development agency, would not be called in to testify.

"The MACC investigation on this case is complete and the investigation papers have been sent to the deputy public prosecutor for their attention and decision.

"The MACC investigation found no need to summon YM Crown Prince of Johor," said the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in a parliamentary written reply to Parti Amanah Negara’s Sepang MP Mohamed Hanipa Maidin.

Annuar was suspended after Tunku Ismail accused the former of using his position as MARA chairman to force MARA Investment (PMB) and tertiary education institution Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) to sponsor the Kelantan football team to the tune of RM700,000.

Annuar maintained that MARA did not sponsor the Kelantan team, and insisted that UniKL was a private firm that made its own decisions.

UniKL is wholly owned by MARA while PMB is the agency’s investment arm.

Despite Annuar's denial, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob ordered both MARA units to halt the sponsorships.

The Ketereh MP was president of the Kelantan Football Association until November last year, but remains its adviser.

Both Annuar and Tunku Ismail are in a straight fight for the post of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president.