MACC probes former prime minister's son

23 May 2023 11:22pm
Photo for illustrative purposes. - FILEPIC
Photo for illustrative purposes. - FILEPIC

PUTRAJAYA - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has summoned the son of a former prime minister to record a statement on an ongoing investigation under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorist Financing, and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA) 2001.

Sources stated the individual’s statement was taken after he attended at the Putrajaya MACC headquarters around 10am on Monday.

It was understood that the individual in question was mentioned in the Panama Papers, but it remains uncertain whether MACC is investigating the allegations said in the document.

According to sources, the MACC has not yet summoned a businessman holding the title of Tan Sri and former ministers on the alleged embezzlement of state funds exceeding RM2.3 billion.

The source further said the MACC is currently in the process of analysing documents related to stock trading acquisition and share sales involving a listed company that is believed to have been led by the businessman.

“MACC is also tracking assets owned by two other figures that were gained through leakages in government funds,” sources said.

On May 19, the media reported that the MACC had initiated an investigation into a former minister and a businessman holding the title of Tan Sri. The investigation aims to probe the alleged embezzlement of funds amounting to over RM2.3 billion belonging to the country.

It was understood that the investigation was a continuation and extension of the disclosure of classified documents made by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on the suspected transactions in several offshore financial centres.

MACC recorded statements of 14 witnesses within the past few weeks, including the testimony from businessman and the former minister.

Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki confirmed the matter stating the investigation focused on Section 23 of the MACC act 2009 on the offence of misuse of power to obtain bribes and the offence of money laundering in accordance with Section 4 (1) of the AMLATFPUAA 2001.

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