NST, March 04 2009
KUALA LUMPUR: Police questioned MIED chief executive officer P.
Chitrakala's business partner on Monday about missing MIED funds.
The partner, who is also a politician, said
yesterday he had spent an hour at the Dang Wangi police station
answering questions about his business dealings with her.
The man, who did not want to be named, said Chitrakala had given him
RM3.5 million to be invested in a business venture last year.
On Monday, police asked him whether he knew the money had been taken from the MIED account. He denied any knowledge of it.
"She had told me it was money collected from her family members. I only
knew the money might be connected to the MIED when police began this
investigation," he told the New Straits Times when contacted.
A source close to MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said
about RM3.5 million was taken out from the MIED account "some time in
the third quarter of last year" for a "personal business purpose".
Asked about this on Monday, Chitrakala said: "It's up to Samy Velu to
prove it." Last month, Samy Vellu told her to go on leave pending
investigations into the case.
The source revealed that forensic
accounting was carried out as the MIED top personnel had allegedly
destroyed certain files.
Meanwhile, Samy Vellu's son Vell
Paari denied that he had been eyeing Chitrakala's post and that he had
wanted to take over them.
"I don't know what gave her the idea but what she said is not true. Besides, I have my hands full in Maika Holdings," he said.
Chitrakala had claimed that the allegation against her was politically
motivated as Vell Paari was interested in her job and that his father
wanted to get rid of her to put his son there.
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