KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Parti Upko returned the RM1mil it received from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s account that has been linked to the 1MDB scandal.
Upko president Datuk Madius Tangau said the party returned the money a month before the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) started the civil forfeiture suit to recover some RM270mil from some 41 entities under the Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.“We did not know the source of the money. It was given to us to undertake community projects
“Our accounts were also frozen following the investigations, and we decided to return the money to avoid any civil action suits, “ said Tangau.Upko, which was part of the Sabah Barisan Nasional government, left the coalition to form a pact with Parti Warisan and the Pakatan Harapan state government after the 2018 general election.
Tangau, who is Sabah Deputy Chief Minister, said the money was not sufficient to fund their planned programme.
“We decided to run the programme our way and kept the money (RM1mil) in fixed deposit,” he said and added they have no problems returning the money to the government.
Tangau was replying to questions by other political parties on why Upko was not prosecuted by MACC for accepting the 1MDB money.
MACC had pushed to recover money from two other former Sabah Barisan components Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) led by Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (RM1mil), Liberal Democratic Party (RM509,560) and Sabah Umno (RM1.25mil).Former federal minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam was the only individual from among the 41 people, companies and political parties listed by MACC. It is learnt he received RM154,757.