Annuar Musa’s suspension as Mara chairman is temporary pending an investigation by an internal audit committee, according to Rural and Regional Development Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Ismail said that the Mara Council had full authority with regard to matters such as suspension as it did not involve appointments or sacking which would require the approval of the minister and Prime Minister.
“This is a normal procedure in any investigation, for the person being investigated to be temporarily suspended,” he said in a statement today.
This comes after Mara committee member Yusof Yacob who earlier announced that Annuar had been suspended as Mara chairman as well as the head of Mara Investment Bhd (PMB).
The Star Online reported that Yusof said Annuar had been asked to go on leave pending an internal audit into allegations on the sponsorship of the Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) by two Mara subsidiaries.
Ismail Sabri said he respected the decision made by the Mara Council who wanted the matter settled thoroughly.
He also said the council members had called for today’s meeting to appoint an internal audit committee to investigate several issues involving sponsorships by UniKL and PMB, as well as other issues which have gone viral on social media.
“The investigation is being done to restore the faith of the public in Mara,” he said, adding that also present at the meeting apart from the council members were representatives from the Ministry of Finance and the Economic Planning Unit (EPU).
He however said that Annuar was not invited as the meeting was on matters involving him.
“He was not called to give an explanation because the council was of the opinion that it was better for him to explain to the audit committee,” Ismail Sabri said.
Annuar earlier said he was not aware of the meeting or the issues surrounding his suspension.
According to The Star Online, Annuar said as a civil servant, he accepted the decision with an open heart and would take full responsibility.