MACC accused of exceeding its powers for issuing compound notices to 80 entities allegedly linked to 1MDB

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  • Monday, 14 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has been accused of acting beyond its legal powers (ultra vires) for issuing compound notices to 80 entities over funds allegedly linked to 1MDB.

Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan, who spoke on behalf of 42 out of the 80 entities, said the groups felt victimised by accusations thrown at them and will be lodging police reports over the matter soon.

The 42 entities included representatives from Umno, MCA, MIC and the IPF Building Fund.

"They acted ultra vires as the SRC International Bhd and 1MDB trials were still ongoing.

"The trial may go on for a long time as I am sure they will go through the entire court system. Why is MACC already accusing us when the trials are ongoing?" he said.

Ahmad said Umno has appointed lawyers to handle the matter and it also plans to file a judicial review soon in hopes of getting an injunction on the compound notices until both trials are over.

"The funds that we received from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in 2012 and 2013 were from a political fund and this is permissible under Malaysian law.

"Furthermore, we don't know how the funds we received can be linked to 1MDB as there was no mention of it in 2012," he said at a press conference at Umno headquarters at Menara Dato' Onn on Monday (Oct 14).

He also said the funds could not be linked to the RM2.6bil, which Najib claimed he received from the Saudi Arabian royal family to fund campaigns in the 13th General Election.

"The RM2.6bil was deposited into Najib's account in March 2013 and the GE13 took place in May. He later returned a sum of the fund in October 2013 so there is no way these monies are linked to the RM2.6bil," he said.

Ahmad, who is also Pontian MP, said the groups were also not happy that some of them had to pay a penalty of 2.5 times the amount they received, while others paid even more than that.

"For example, entities like IPF and the Bagan Serai Umno division are said to have received RM50,000 and RM100,000 respectively but they've been asked to pay RM2.5mil each as penalties," he said.

On Oct 7, MACC issued compound notices to 80 entities, including political parties, which are believed to have received monies from 1MDB in an attempt to recover about RM420mil.

It is said that the entities received between RM500,000 and RM134mil from 1MDB.

Political parties that have been 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.

Compound notices were also issued to five organisations, 23 companies as well as nine individuals including former CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak and former Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.

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