Government’s recovery efforts in full swing

MoF confirms 1MDB, SRC filed 22 suits to recover RM97bil

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Finance (MoF) confirmed yesterday legal representatives of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and SRC International Sdn Bhd had filed a total of 22 civil suits to recover RM96.6bil (US$23bil).

In a statement, the MoF said the suits were filed last Friday in the government’s continuing efforts to recover the losses suffered by 1MDB and SRC.

“Six of these writs were filed by 1MDB, while 16 were by SRC for the recovery of assets with a combined total in excess of RM96.60bil (US$23bil), including approximately RM300mil against various local parties, ” it said.

The MoF said the legal representatives of 1MDB had filed civil suits against nine entities (including two foreign financial institutions) and 25 individuals for various wrongdoings.

The wrongdoings included breach of contractual, statutory, common law and fiduciary duties; breach of trust; fraud; conspiracy to defraud; fraudulent misrepresentation; fraudulent breach of duties and trust; fraudulent concealment; fraudulent misappropriation; dishonest assistance in misappropriation of funds; negligence, knowing receipt and unjust enrichment.

As for the writs filed by SRC, they are against 15 individuals and eight entities for various wrongdoings.

They include abuse of power, breach of fiduciary duties in public office, breach of trust, conspiracy, dishonest assistance, fraudulent breach of duties, knowing receipt, misfeasance and wrongful conversion.

“1MDB and SRC contend that these entities and/or individuals have been unjustly enriched by wrongfully receiving monies from 1MDB or SRC, ” it said.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Aziz (pic above) stated following significant and successful settlements with Goldman Sachs, AmBank Group and Deloitte PLT, the government’s recovery efforts are now focused on pursuing other wrongdoers who have caused losses to 1MDB and/or SRC during the execution of their duties, as parties directly or indirectly involved in 1MDB and/or SRC’s various operations and transactions.

“As previously mentioned, the government will not rest until all those involved are made fully accountable for the wrongdoings caused to the country through their involvement in 1MDB and/or SRC, ” he said.

Earlier, Malaysia had received RM10.50bil (US$2.5bil) from Goldman Sachs in August 2020 with a further asset recovery guarantee of RM5.88bil (US$1.4bil).

Soon, the government will also receive RM2.83bil from the Ambank Group and RM336mil (US$80mil) from Deloitte PLT.

All proceeds from the 1MDB asset recovery efforts including any future settlements are deposited into the Asset Recovery Trust Account under the custody of the Accountant General’s Department of Malaysia.

The MoF pointed out these settlements will not affect or compromise Malaysia’s claims against other wrongdoers for the losses caused to 1MDB and SRC, and they will continue to be pursued through both the criminal and civil justice systems.

It thanked the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the Securities Commission Malaysia, Bank Negara, the Royal Malaysian Police Force, the National Anti-Financial Crime Centre, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption for their joint effort in bringing these wrongdoers to justice and recovering what rightfully belongs to the Malaysian people.

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