A small fire broke out as an investigation into billions of missing funds was about to begin
A fire at Malaysia’s finance ministry has broken out just hours after the country’s new government took office, vowing to root out alleged corruption in its predecessor. Putrajaya Fire and Rescue Team confirmed in a press release that the small fire started at around 2:26 p.m. local time in the facility’s trash can.
No injuries were reported, the statement confirmed, and the fire did not spread beyond its point of origin in the North Block of Level G of the Treasury Building. The building is located in the administrative complex of the Ministry of Finance in Putrajaya.
“The fire was caused by solid waste in a landfill. It was contained and there were no casualties“, a fire and rescue source told Free Malaysia Today.
The flames were reportedly noticed by a member of the electrical maintenance staff. An official told local media they likely came about when sparks from renovations landed on a pile of papers at the dump site. An official report from authorities on the cause of the fire has yet to be released.
Although the fire didn’t appear to cause much damage in the end, its timing may raise some eyebrows, coming just a day after newly elected Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim announced he would review billions of dollars worth of approved government projects. by his predecessor, Muhyiddin Yassin, for probable corruption.
Anwar accused his predecessor at a Monday press conference of skipping necessary regulatory steps and awarding contracts on projects like a state-owned 5G network and 7 billion ringgit ($1.59 billion). dollars) in flood mitigation projects to friends.
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