The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) or the Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) released a statement during a press conference. Datuk Seri Azam Baki, the deputy chief commissioner of MACC said that the investigation into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal is approximately 60% completed.
Datuk Seri Azam Baki said “For you information, for local evidence regarding the 1MDB case, is almost done. I can say about 60% of the case is already done. So, we have just about 40% of evidence that will be required from foreign countries, and it involves many countries. MACC had just 3 months to investigate with only the current workforce of MACC, therefore, please allow us time to collect evidence that are external to Malaysia. We are working hard with other nations such as the United States of American and Singapore.”
Malaysian officials have had already issue arrest warrants for Low Taek Jho or commonly known as Jho Low. Malaysian officials also requested assistance from Interpol to locate and arrest Jho Low and his father, Larry Low Hock Peng. The whereabouts of the two wanted Malaysian men are still unknown, but Jho Low has been communicating to the public and Malaysia through his lawyer and spokeman. Sources have reported that Jho Low is the mastermind behind the 1MDB scandal.
Malaysian officials are also preparing for court cases against the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The former Prime Minister faces several charges including Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing, and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (AMLA) 2001.
The charges are related to RM42 million that was allegedly transferred into Najib Razak’s private account from SRC international Sdn Bhd, which was the subsidiary of 1MDB’s subsidiary.
Earlier, MACC also detained a former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation official Datuk Hasanah Abudul Hamid. She is linked to the stolen RM50 million which was said to be election funds for the 14th General Election.
By: EL Cheng
Aug 30, 2018 @ 17:56