MACC seeks to recover RM420mil


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 08 Oct 2019

PUTRAJAYA: Eighty entities, including individuals such as former CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, have been given two weeks to pay a total of RM420mil by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

The MACC says the amount is classified as fines for receiving monies from 1MDB.

Nazir, who is the brother to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had received RM25.7mil, according to the MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya.

Najib is currently facing trial over 1MDB-related matters.

However, it is not known how much is the actual amount that Nazir will have to pay as the fine can be as low as the amount received or 2.5 times higher.

The MACC also revealed that among the entities – comprising individuals, companies, political parties, foundations and organisations – Solar Shine Sdn Bhd received the most at RM134mil from 1MDB.

Latheefa, however, declined to say the company’s nature of business but earlier reports had described it as an event management company.

“Our investigation shows that these monies are from 1MDB and therefore belong to the Malaysian public. This may be unprecedented but it is within the ambit of the law. MACC is committed to recovering as much money from these people,” she said at a press conference yesterday.

In June, the MACC had announced that it had filed a civil forfeiture suit against 41 individuals, companies and political parties, aiming to recover RM270mil.

On the latest case, MACC investigations revealed that the 80 had received a total of RM420mil – from as low as RM500,000 to as high as RM134mil.

Latheefa said the commission was sending the compound notices out and those concerned would be given two weeks to pay.

“Failing which, we will use the full authority of the powers within the (anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism financing and proceeds of unlawful activities) Act to take necessary action,” she said.

Latheefa said all the monies were from the 1MDB case which involved Najib’s account, adding the transactions were via cheques which was why authorities were able to confirm the trail.

Among individuals that MACC are issuing compound notices are former Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Samad, Pontian MP and former deputy minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan and Kota Baru Umno chief Tan Sri Mohamad Fatmi Che Salleh.

MACC has also issued compound notices to 23 companies including Salt Media Sdn Bhd, Cense Media Sdn Bhd, Red Bag Industry Sdn Bhd, Theora Niaga, Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia Bhd, Fanisa Consultancy & Services, and Airmarine (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

Political parties made to pay the fines among others, are the Puteri Umno movement, Umno divisions of Sepang, Bandar Tun Razak, Batu, Johor Baru, Labis, Bakri, Pekan, Kuantan, Taiping, Bagan Serai and Machang.

The MIC headquarters, Parti Rakyat Sarawak, Kedah PPP, Kedah Gerakan as well as Selangor and Kedah MCA have also been issued with compound notices.

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