The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has ordered PPBM Youth Commissioner Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman to report his properties as part of a search of some RM250,000 cash missing from his home.
The directive was released when an anti-graft body examines the case under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act pertaining to reward and bribery. They said that they are allowing him time to provide information as the nation is now under a provisional movement control order.
It was also said that this affected MACC’s attempts to collect information from the banks, as its officers had been compelled to operate from home. So far, it has been said, comments have been taken by three people related to the former Minister of Youth and Leisure.
They highlighted that they will be able to conclude the investigation as early as possible. Syed Sadiq and two others were questioned at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya last month. In fact, Syed Saddiq was asked to turn over bank records to help in the rehearsal.
MACC launched the probe after a report involving the lack of cash belonging to Syed Saddiq. On March 29, he lodged a police report claiming that the money had been stored in a secure box in his home. He also said that only a few people knew the combination code for the safe, which he last opened on March 13 or 14. He declined to respond to rumors on the incident, including media claims that the money belonged to PPBM.
As a form of honesty and public trust, MACC will continue to investigate and ensure that every public officials are not hiding finances that is for the country.
As John Maxwell said, Developing trust is like building a home. It takes time, and it has to be done piece by piece. As with a building, it’s a lot easier to break down trust than to build it up. It’s same with the leadership of these official handling the finances of a country. They have to be proven trusted for the country to move forward.