Finas director general Datuk Fauzi Ayob says he is not involved with the projects currently being investigated for corruption by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Last June, MACC launched an investigation into National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) regarding an alleged leakage of funds. RM16mil worth of funds were channelled to seven movies and an animated film but none of them have seen the light of day.
Fauzi, who has been temporarily replaced by Shakib Ahmad Shakir as director general, says approval of those projects took place before his time.
“As Finas director general, I am responsible for every project approved by Finas’ officers in their efforts to generate growth in the local film industry,” he says in a statement.
“However, with regards to the alleged leakage of funds worth RM16mil between 2013 and 2016, it is not within my knowledge as those projects were approved before I was appointed director general.”
He asserts he only took office in 2017.
Meanwhile, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has urged MACC to speed up its investigation on Finas, Bernama reported yesterday.
“I am not saying who is guilty, but what matters is that there were complaints and they are being investigated. We want to see the outcome of the investigation.”