MACC right to probe any party's accounts linked to corruption, says Ismail Sabri

06 Feb 2023 08:30am
Ismail Sabri. - Photo by Sinar Harian/Rosli Talib
Ismail Sabri. - Photo by Sinar Harian/Rosli Talib
KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has the right to investigate any political party, individual, private companies and government agencies accounts linked to corruption, misuse of power and misappropriation of funds.

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said MACC would usually investigate such reports based on an official report made from any party.

The Bera MP explained the MACC has their standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“Currently, they have received information directed towards Bersatu which is why they froze their accounts to aid in the investigation of the misappropriation of Covid-19 funds during Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) administration.

“The MACC has their own SOPs regarding how and who to investigate, but I don’t know what proof is the investigations on Bersatu’s account is based on,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said such when he was asked to comment on whether it was appropriate for MACC too investigate the donation of party funds.

MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki on Wednesday confirmed there were several party accounts led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that were frozen to aid investigations of the funds reported to be received illegally.

Azam had said Bersatu accounts were frozen to aid the investigations following the MACC Act 2009 and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.

Bersatu Supreme Council member Dr Muhammad Faiz Na’aman confirmed the accounts were frozen.
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Faiz was reported saying the freeze may be linked to RM92.5 billion government funds allegedly misappropriated by the PN government during the implementation of various stimulus packages following the Covid-19 pandemic.

MACC received details in December from the Finance Ministry on economic stimulus package funds spent by the government in 2020 and 2021 for Covid-19 management.