MACC chief commissioner Zulkifli Ahmad says the person who made the claim of Zahid having RM230 million in 1996 had not provided any evidence so far

PUTRAJAYA: The MACC today appeared to dismiss any investigations against Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on claims of him possessing RM230 million in 1996.

MACC chief commissioner Zulkifli Ahmad said that investigations will only be carried out if there was valid basis to do so.

He added that not everybody with wealth must be subjected to investigations.

“There must be a valid basis to prove that one’s wealth was procured through corruption or abuse of power.

“If there is no proper and valid basis, how are we supposed to investigate? he asked, reported New Straits Times.

Zulkifli was speaking to reporters after PAS and its ally Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia today submitted a memorandum to MACC to pledge their support against corruption nationwide.

Last week, Zahid said he was ready to be probed by the MACC of over claims that he had RM230 million in 1996.

He said he was the Umno Youth leader at that time, with no position in the government and was a successful businessman.

As such, he said there was nothing wrong if he had the money in his account, as the assets he owned was bought legitimately.

He said that following an exposure by Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Mahathir said Zahid had RM230 million in his account when he declared his assets in 1996.

However, Mahathir admitted that he does not have any proof to back his claim against Zahid.

Zulkifli also said today that people can be rich, but the source of acquisition is important.

“If the source was through corruption and abuse of power, only then it will be right for MACC to step in and investigate.

“Stating that there is RM230 million in the account is not enough and the person who said it, did not provide any evidence so far,” he added.