Penang activists lodge MACC report against Guan Eng, Tommy Thomas over alleged bank freeze letter


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

GEORGE TOWN: Social activists in Penang have lodged a report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the former finance minister and former attorney general.

Muhsin Abdul Latheef, whose social media handle is “Mamu Parpu”, said the MACC should investigate a letter allegedly being exchanged between Lim Guan Eng and Tan Sri Tommy Thomas on lifting the freeze of a businessman's bank account.

He, however, declined to reveal details or contents of the documents in the folder he handed over to MACC on Wednesday (June 3).

Also present were Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma) youth chief Mohammed Hafiz Mohamed Abu Bakar and social activists Mohamad Amin Abdul Kadir and Tengku Hamzah Fansuri.

Earlier, the MACC had confirmed it lifted a freeze on the businessman's accounts following exchanges between two top officials of the previous Pakatan Harapan government.

A source said what was reported was factual and true.

"We believe there was a breach of confidentiality here, and we want to investigate this," said the source.

An online portal had reported that former finance minister Lim Guan Eng had, in 2019, asked the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) to lift restrictions on the tycoon’s four bank accounts, which were frozen to facilitate an investigation into money laundering.

Thomas allegedly responded two weeks later, informing Lim of case details and instructing MACC to lift the freeze.

This was despite MACC informing Thomas that the bulk of the money – some RM3.9mil – could not be recovered as it was no longer in one of the bank accounts said to have received the funds.

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