How Mara lost RM60m in property deal Down Under

R Nadeswaran

Modified 15 Dec 2017, 9:30 am

EXCLUSIVE | Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) paid A$41.8 million (about RM138 million) for a US$2 shell company in the Caribbean, which claimed to have an interest in a building in Melbourne, Australia.

Using an intricate web of paper transactions and companies incorporated in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), millions changed hands through a sale and purchase agreement, apparently with the assistance of people with vested interests in the deal.

It took two other deals to finalise the purchase, which was clouded by a maze of transactions executed through BVI companies by several Malaysians, including former Mara officials.

Malaysiakini and the Melbourne-based Fairfax Media have obtained explosive documents which paint a picture of deceit and fraud in which Mara’s interests have been seriously compromised, leaving the agency, set up to help poor Malays, to lose millions.

The documents reveal that:

  • Despite having no legal interest in the property, Scarlett Nominees Ltd entered into an agreement with Mara Incorporated (Mara Inc) to “sell” a BVI company, Thrushcross Land Holdings Ltd, which “purported to own the property” – UniLodge at 746, Swanston Street, Melbourne...
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