PUTRAJAYA: A total of 25 investigation papers on alleged mismanagement of Covid-19 involving various offences have been opened, says Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki.

He said the MACC would summon those involved to assist in the investigations and would also inform accordingly the developments of the cases.

“Many individuals have been and will be called as each case is different,” he told reporters after launching a Journalist Empowering Programme with the MACC.

He did not rule out the possibility the cases involved various agencies, including the Health Ministry.

On whether former health minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba would be called to help in the investigations, Azam said any possible action would be taken, depending on the need.

On May 25, the MACC chief commissioner said corruption involving the procurement of medical equipment and medicine was uncovered during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“During the pandemic, many nations were dishing out economic assistance and making medical equipment and medicine purchases through emergency funds.

“But it is sad that some of these purchases are mired with corruption in a pandemic and a state of emergency.

“This shows some unscrupulous people are still taking the opportunity to make illegal monies from people’s pain and misfortunes,” he said.

Following the disclosure, Dr Adham said he would cooperate with the MACC.

Dr Adham, who held the portfolio when the country was facing the pandemic, admitted to having personally received such complaints, explaining that these occurred at the administrative level.