Jana Wibawa probe: MACC to call Zafrul, Muhyiddin a suspect, says source

(The Star) – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) would be calling in former finance minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz over the Jana Wibawa programme, says a source.

The source also stated that a few other individuals allegedly connected to the case of Jana Wibawa during the tenure of the eighth prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would also be called up to give their statements during the course of investigations.

It also said that MACC stated that contrary to what Muhyiddin had told the media on Saturday (Feb 18), the Perikatan Nasional chairman and Pagoh MP was allegedly still regarded as a suspect in the Jana Wibawa case.

“Investigations are being conducted on a few individuals including the former finance minister Tengku Zafrul.

“The current International Trade and Industry Minister will be called in by MACC to give his statement in the near future.

“With regards to the statement made to the media yesterday (Feb 18), MACC feels that Muhyiddin should not have made speculative comments as this disturbs the MACC course of investigations.

“Muhyiddin is a suspect in the investigations over Jana Wibawa when he was called in for questioning by MACC on Feb 16,” said the highly-placed source.

On Feb 18, Muhyiddin told the media that MACC had confirmed that he was not a suspect in the ongoing investigations when he was called up to give his statement.

The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president had also named Tengku Zafrul as the one who approved the companies taking part in the Jana Wibawa programme, held during the Covid-19 pandemic to assist bumiputra contractors.

MACC is currently investigating allegations that the chosen contractors then allegedly deposited RM300mil into the Bersatu party account.

Muhyiddin had denied this, crying political slander by those intending to smear his reputation as former eighth prime minister.