Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrives at the Anti-Corruption Agency's center in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on Monday, July 2, 2018. Zahid is being questioned by the anti-graft agency as part of an expanded investigation into alleged theft and money laundering in the 1MDB state investment fund. (Associated Press)
by Associated Press July 2 at 12:30 a.m.
PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia – The former deputy prime minister of Malaysia was questioned by the anti-corruption agency on Monday as part of an expanded investigation into alleged theft and laundering of money in the 1MDB state investment fund.
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who was elected this weekend as the new head of the former ruling party, smiled and greeted reporters upon arriving at the agency. The agency recently froze the bank accounts of the party as part of its investigation.
The local press said that Zahid is expected to be questioned about his claims in 2015 that he had met with representatives of the Arab family who donated about $ 700 million that made their way to then the prime minister's bank account Najib Razak Anger over the 1MDB saga led to the shocking defeat of Najib's long coalition at the polls on May 9 and marked the first change of power since Britain's independence in 1957.
Zahid, 65, He made the claim shortly after being named deputy prime minister in 2015 after Najib fired his then deputy for questioning him about the 1MDB saga.
Najib resigned as head of the United National Organization of Malays, or UMNO party, after his electoral defeat and could face criminal charges soon. The new government reopened the investigations into 1MDB that were suppressed under the Najib government and banned Najib and his wife from leaving the country.
Analysts said that Zahid's election to lead the UMNO reflected a reluctance to change in the party, which is now the largest opposition party and has a quarter of parliamentary seats. The National Front coalition led by the UMNO has been broken after many parties left.
Zahid has said that he will also be questioned about an alleged misuse of funds at a charity foundation run by his family and pledged to cooperate with the agency. 19659012] Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material can not be published, transmitted, rewritten or redistributed.