MACC to gather more evidence on 10kg cake for Nik Aziz

(New Straits Times ) – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has directed its officers to gather more evidence into an allegation of abuse of power by the Kelantan Menteri Besar Incorporated (PMBK) over a purchase of six cakes valued about RM3,900.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Shukri Abdull said the commission had opened an investigation paper into the case recently but needed more information about the purchase.

“We have referred the IP back to the state MACC so that they can gather more information,” he said yesterday.

He was commenting on the allegation on Sunday by Kelantan opposition leader Datuk Md Alwi Che Ahmad, who had called on the MACC to investigate PMBK for purchase of the cakes during the last Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Alwi had claimed that among those who received the cakes, weighing about 10kg each, were Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat and PMBK chief executive officer Abdul Ariffahmi Abdul Rahman.

Shukri said MACC was not only carrying out probe into the allegation but also several other “issues” surrounding PMBK.

MACC started its investigation on Ariffahmi last November after certain quarters disputed his appointment as the CEO.

Subsequently, Nik Aziz directed his son-in-law to quit after a delegation of Pas leaders advised the menteri besar against appointing family members into state-owned organisations on Nov 23.