PKR MPs today urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to launch an investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
This came following a parliamentary reply by the government, in which it was stated that while the police were conducting the probe, the anti-graft agency was not.
“Today, I asked the prime minister (Najib Razak) if Riza Aziz and Low Taek Jho were called by the MACC to have their statements on 1MDB recorded,” Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin said at a press conference at the Parliament lobby here today.
“(Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department) Paul Low Seng Kuan replied, saying that MACC is not probing 1MDB.
“I was shocked as this is the biggest kleptocracy case in the world and if MACC is not investigating this, then what are they doing?”
He then called on the new MACC chief commissioner, Dzulkifli Ahmad, to come forward and explain the reason why it is not looking into the case.
Alor Setar MP Gooi Hsiao Leung, who was also present, concurred and said an investigation is needed even more so now in light of the United States Department of Justice’s lawsuits seeking forfeiture of assets linked to 1MDB.
“We want an explanation and this is a good opportunity for the new MACC chief to show that he is impartial, independent and is not under anyone’s thumb.”
He added that this was the first time the government had provided a clear confirmation that MACC is not, on its own, carrying out an investigation into claims that billions of 1MDB funds had been embezzled.
However, it must be noted that MACC had, last year, released a statement confirming the same.
The DoJ lawsuits, made public in July, had claimed that more than USD3.5 billion (RM14.78 billion) was misappropriated from 1MDB.
It said it was seeking to “seize assets” involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to launder money.
Source : Nawar Firdaws@FMT Reporters Online