MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull (left) after officiating an anti-corruption campaign with Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Bhd at the Butterworth train station.Present was KTMB chief executive officer Mohd Rani Hisham Samsudin. NSTP/ Ramdzan Masiam

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will study the latest revelations on Tabung Haji’s dividend payout to determine if it warrants investigation.

MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said they would first need to establish whether there were any elements or abuse of power or corruption.

“We will only launch an investigation if any of the two elements exist. If there are other offences under the Penal Code, then we will channel it to the relevant authority.

“For now, we are still studying the information to determine whether there is any basis for investigation,” he said.

Shukri was asked to comment on a statement made by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa on Monday that TH had been illegally paying out dividends (hibah) to its depositors since 2014.

Mujahid had claimed that the dividend payments had contravened the Tabung Haji Act 1995 as TH had more debts than assets in the previous years.

He had cited TH’s 2017 financial report, tabled in Parliament on Monday, which showed that it has more liabilities (RM74.4bil) than its total assets (RM70.3bil).

This meant a total deficit of RM4.1bil as of Dec 31, 2017.

Shukri meanwhile, said that once they have gleaned through the information, they would refer their findings to the information assessment committee for a decision on whether to proceed with an investigation.

“We will investigate if there is a report lodged with us. Alternatively, we can even open investigation based on information obtained from Parliament, media or any sources,” he added.

Shukri was speaking to reporters after officiating an anti-corruption campaign with Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Bhd at the Butterworth train station. He helped unveil a train carriage wrap which bore an anti-corruption message.

Present was KTMB chief executive officer Mohd Rani Hisham Samsudin.

He said the Butterworth to Padang Besar route was specially chosen due to its popularity, with 15,000 passengers plying the route daily and about 450,000 passengers monthly.