In the wake of investigations into the controversial property deal by the Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) in Melbourne, Australia, the Mara council suspended two Mara Inc Sdn Bhd senior officials from duty with immediate effect.
They are its chairman Datuk Mohammad Lan Allani, 59 and its CEO Datuk Abdul Halim Rahim, 54.
Announcing this yesterday, Mara chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa said this was to facilitate investigations and for it to be done in a transparent manner.
He pointed out that this did not mean that Mara had found wrongdoings by the two.
Mara has appointed audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct a thorough audit.
Wouldn't you think that this is the right move and a good one?
Apparently not, according to some people. Why only them? Why not the entire board? After all, didn't the purchase of the Melbourne property go through the necessary procedure and process?
I suppose there is no pleasing everyone.
This is a serious matter and may open up a very old can of worms. Maybe not.
So, let the investigations carry on because we all want to know the truth. Mara, for many Malays and bumiputera is an institution close to their hearts because it has helped legions of young Malays and bumiputera in academic, vocational and skilled education and others in the community opportunities in businesses. Through Mara's help, thousands have come a long way - many from rural and remote areas.