SRC International wants AG to hunt down source of document leaks

The MACC and SRC International have engaged in public exchanges over the investigation of the firm.― File pic
The MACC and SRC International have engaged in public exchanges over the investigation of the firm.― File pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 — SRC International today urged the Attorney-General (AG) to investigate the source of leaked documents from the state-owned firm used in reports suggesting misappropriation of RM4 billion from Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP).

The former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd also suggested that the unauthorised release may be coming from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) that is investigating the firm.

“While SRC holds the MACC in high regard, we are concerned about the recent wave of leakages or possible sale of classified information to members of the media and irresponsible, self-interested politicians.

“This appears to be part of a deliberate and concentrated campaign to undermine state-linked companies and, by extension, the government,” the firm said in a statement today.

It added that MACC officers should not allow their personal politics influence their decision.

The firm then appeared to convey that it will not co-operate “fully” with the MACC in its probe on how SRC International utilised the RM4 billion loan from KWAP, until the AG investigates and identifies the source of the leaks.

“Upon the completion of this investigation by the Attorney-General, we will fully cooperate with MACC or any other lawful authorities with respect to any enquiries,” it said further.

The MACC and SRC International have engaged in public exchanges over the investigation of the firm.

On October 20, the anti-corruption agency reprimanded the firm for failing to cooperate with its investigations, after two SRC directors failed to turn up for questioning.

The following day, SRC International issued a press release categorising the MACC as denying the authenticity of leaked documents — a draft charge sheet against the prime minister and a diagram purportedly showing SRC funds being channelled into his accounts — purportedly from the probe and reported by two news outlets.

This prompted MACC to again reproach SRC International, warning the firm not to make further mention of the commission in any of its press releases. It also denied issuing any statement on the two documents.

The MACC is currently investigating SRC International over its RM4 billion loan from KWAP.

On August 22, the agency said it was seeking the of three individuals for its probe, namely billionaire businessman Low Taek Jho as well as SRC directors Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil and Datuk Suboh Md Yassin.

Since then, Low’s representative has reportedly said that the businessman will cooperate with the MACC.

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