AG's Chambers to oppose bid to unfreeze Daim and family's accounts

KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) will object to the judicial review application filed by former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin and his family, who are seeking to lift the freeze on their bank accounts by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Senior Federal Counsel (SFC) Shamsul Bolhassan informed the court of this during proceedings before High Court judge Justice Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh here on Wednesday (June 12).

The judicial review application will be heard on Aug 8 before Justice Datuk Ahmad Kamal Md Shahid.

During Wednesday's proceedings, SFC Ahmad Hanir Hambaly also appeared for the AGC, while Daim and his family were represented by lawyer Nizamuddin Hamid.

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When contacted, Nizamuddin confirmed that the court had also issued a protection order prohibiting sensitive information about the applicants' bank accounts from being disclosed to the public.

On Thursday (June 6), Daim and his family filed an application seeking an order to revoke MACC’s seizure of their assets under Section 50 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001.

In addition to Daim, the applicants include his wife Toh Puan Na'imah Abdul Khalid and their four children – Asnida, Wira Dani, Muhammed Amir Zainuddin and Muhammed Amin Zainuddin.

A total of 18 companies are also named as applicants, including Aad Equity Sdn Bhd, Yayasan Haji Zainuddin, Ilham Baru Sdn Bhd, Anchor Point Sdn Bhd, Kangkung Catering Sdn Bhd, Adrihaniz Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Maluri Sdn Bhd, Amiraz Sdn Bhd, Ridana Sdn Bhd, Daan Sdn Bhd, Maya Seni Holdings Sdn Bhd, Magical Zone Sdn Bhd, Permatang Maju (M) Sdn Bhd, Brainstorms Sdn Bhd, Arida Farms Sdn Bhd, Gajah3 Resource Centre Sdn Bhd, Ilham Tower Sdn Bhd, and Selidik Jaya Sdn Bhd.

All the applicants named MACC Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Division Asst Supt Haris Fadhila Sukaime; MACC Anti-Money Laundering Prevention Division director Datuk Mohamad Zamri Zainul Abidin; MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki; MACC; Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim; and the government of Malaysia as the first to sixth respondents.

They also sought a declaration that the seizure of movable assets imposed by the MACC under Section 50 of AMLATFPUAA 2001 and all actions and decisions taken by the first to fourth respondents are invalid and void.

On March 4, the High Court struck out the initial judicial review application filed by Daim and his family regarding the MACC investigation against them on the grounds that the applicants failed to prove malicious intent by the MACC officers conducting the probe. – Bernama

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