Zahid questioned for hours by MACC over 1MDB

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PUTRAJAYA (July 2): After eight hours of questioning at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters today, newly-elected Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today's session was regarding his meeting with a member of Saudi royals a few years back.  

The meeting, which took place in 2015, was in relation to the donation to former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. 

"I have just finished giving my statement on the 1MDB issue. This is regarding a statement made following my meeting with a representative of the Saudi royal family. They (MACC) just need more details [of the meeting], Zahid told reporters at the MACC building. 

Zahid had on Aug 22, 2015 said at the opening of the Sri Gading Umno division that he had met the chief investment officer and wealth trustee of the Arab family who donated RM2.6 billion that was transferred into Najib's personal account. 

When asked to name the individual, Zahid only said: "I am not answerable to you. I am only answerable to MACC." 

He was scheduled to provide his statements to MACC on two issues: one being the said meeting, while the other is on the alleged misuse of funds of a foundation held by a family-run business, which will take place tomorrow.  

It was claimed that Zahid had misused RM800,000 from the funds under Yayasan Akal Budi to settle credit cards debts belonging to him and his wife. 

Zahid, who was summoned by the anti-graft agency's deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki, arrived at MACC at about 9.45am today for his 10am appointment.  

On Saturday (June 30), Zahid had clinched the Umno party presidency post in the party election, defeating Rembau MP and former youth and sports minister Khairy Jamaludin and Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.