Minister Richard Riot turns up at MACC

 |Sep 29, 2017

PUTRAJAYA: Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot was seen arriving at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters this morning.

According to Bernama, the minister, who was wearing a white shirt and tie, arrived at the MACC headquarters about 10 am. He looked calm and was smiling. He was only accompanied by his bodyguard.

He was then seen at the MACC counter at the lobby of the building to register himself and was accompanied by two MACC officers in uniform.

It was reported that his political secretary, a 61-year-old “Datuk”, had been remanded for six days effective yesterday to assist in the alleged embezzling of funds of the Skills Development Fund Corporation (SDFC).

The man who is a member of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), attached to its Serian branch, was detained at the MACC headquarters here at 12.30pm on Wednesday after having his statement recorded. He was being investigated under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act 2009 for giving or accepting gratification by agent.

Yesterday, he told the Borneo Post his political secretary had only been called in to assist MACC in its investigation, and that it was business as usual at SDFC despite the ongoing case.

“A person is innocent until proven guilty. Being investigated doesn’t mean they are convicted.

“Most people take it that the moment they are remanded by MACC, the first thing they will say ‘(they) have committed a crime, already convicted’. That should not be the way,” he was quoted as saying.

However, he added that he and his ministry would cooperate fully with MACC’s investigations.

Four other people were arrested earlier this month at several locations in Kuala Lumpur and initial investigations revealed that they had embezzled RM15 million in 2016 and RM25 million this year.

The SDFC was established in June 2006 under the Skills Development Fund Act 2004 (Act 640) to manage the Skills Development Fund, which was previously run by the Skills Development Fund Division under the Human Resources Ministry.