Former director-general of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation Hasanah Abdul Hamid is escorted to the court. (Photo: NST/VNA)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – A former Malaysia intelligence chief has been arrested by the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to assist in probes into the misappropriation of funds meant for the 14th General Election (GE14).

Former director-general of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation Hasanah Abdul Hamid was taken into custody when she was called to the MACC’s headquarters on August 28.

According to MACC, after the National Front (BN) coalition of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak lost in the 2018 general election in May, her officers were order to transfer around 400,000 USD from the GE14 funds to a location. In the process, they took part of the money.

The officers work in a research unit under the Prime Minister’s Office. The MACC hopes Hasanah will help the investigation agency to clarify the case.

Also related to the case, the MACC arrested seven officers from the research unit when they were summoned to the MACC’s headquarters on August 27. Among them was a deputy chief.

The MACC believed the arrest would help shed light on how the money was missing. –VNA