MACC chief says he has been sued by Daim over 'improper procedure'


MACC chief Tan Sri Azam Baki during an interview on TVS.

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Azam Baki has confirmed that he has been sued by Tun Daim Zainuddin.

He did not specify the exact nature of the lawsuit filed by Daim but said that it alleges that his actions as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner did not follow proper procedure.

"To order someone to declare their assets, the MACC chief commissioner must give his approval. I signed all of the declaration of assets (documents) to compel (the declaration).

"Daim is suing me because, to him, the act of the chief commissioner was wrong."I can talk about this because it is in the court. So we have to fight (the case)," he said during an interview with TVS on Thursday (Feb 15).

Azam earlier talked about the mechanism to compel a person to declare his assets, saying that the MACC would look into improving it.

On Thursday (Feb 8), MACC said it might summon Daim again for questioning over more undeclared assets.

He said investigators had received more information and were in the midst of verifying it.

Daim's lawyers, however, said Azam's remarks were highly prejudicial to their client's constitutional right to a fair trial, describing the act as "unwarranted and smacks of sub judice".

On Jan 29, Daim was charged with failing to declare his assets to MACC.

The 85-year-old was charged under Section 36(2) of the MACC Act 2009 and faces imprisonment of up to five years and a fine not exceeding RM100,000, if convicted.

On Jan 23, Daim's wife, Toh Puan Na'imah Khalid claimed trial in the Sessions Court on a charge of failing to comply with a MACC notice ordering her to declare her assets.

She was accused of failing to declare her ownership of companies, several plots of land in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, as well as two vehicles.

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