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They were arrested by police for allegedly selling the identification cards to Chinese nationals.NSTP/EMAIL

KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will investigate several individuals, including high-ranking government officials, who are alleged to be involved in the illegal sale of MyKads in Penang.

They were arrested by police for allegedly selling the identification cards to Chinese nationals.

Although MACC is yet to receive an official report, its chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said they would begin investigations once they received information on the matter.

"So far, there is no official complaint but if a syndicate is involved, we will start investigating. Cases such as selling MyKads are not new, but we need to know the basis.

"At the moment, we only know about it through the media. However, we don't need to wait for an official report. Once we have information, we will act," she said today.

Latheefa was speaking to reporters after paying a courtesy call to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal at the Sabah Administrative Centre here. Also present was Sabah MACC director Datuk Sazali Salbi.

In a special operation last week, police detained several staff and officers of a government department in Penang and Putrajaya under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 or Sosma.

Meanwhile, Latheefa said MACC was investigating recent disclosures in the Auditor-General's Report, particularly those with criminal elements, adding that a taskforce had been set up to probe the matter.

Asked when the second list of forfeitures would be issued by MACC to recover misused 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) money, she said they would make an announcement on it.

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