TTF: The MACC denied that it was pressured to lift the freeze on Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak’s personal account (see news item below).
A statement released by the agency yesterday revealed that the accounts belonging to Najib in which some RM2.6 billion is said to have ended were closed even before it commenced investigations in July 2015.
But the MACC isn’t telling us the full story.
What it should have done was to make mention of an investigation paper Dato’ Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull prepared in 2015.
According to the paper, the agency followed the movement of the RM2.6 billion and was told by someone representing the Prince of Saudi that the money was a gift from the government of Saudi Arabia.
What this means, is that the MACC knew from the get go that the former premier’s present account had nothing to do with 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) or even SRC International Sdn Bhd for that matter.
Under the circumstances, there was absolutely no reason for the agency to freeze Najib’s account or those belonging to his months-old grandson and cancer-stricken daughter.
The fact that it did proves that the agency is as determined as ever to impress upon the people that a portion of the RM2.6 billion is as yet unaccounted for and probably is with Najib and his family.
Did I not tell you that the MACC under Shukri’s watch is as morally corrupt as corrupt gets?
PETALING JAYA: The personal bank account of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was unfrozen because it is not related to investigations into SRC International Sdn Bhd and the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said the account was no longer frozen because investigations on the account had finished, not because it was pressured into doing so.
“We also want to highlight that there are some other bank accounts belonging to Najib, which were involved in SRC International and 1MDB (RM2.6bil), (but) were not frozen because the accounts were closed before investigations commenced in July 2015.
“This means that the freezing of those accounts cannot be done because it was closed before investigations begun,” it said in a statement.
The MACC stressed that investigations into the RM2.6bil of funds (which had found its way into Najib’s personal, now closed, account) were still ongoing.
MACC also brushed off allegations that it generated a lot of publicity when Najib’s personal bank account was frozen recently but went silent when it was unfrozen.
“We have never issued any official statements about (Najib’s) bank account being frozen and had only confirmed that the account is no longer frozen when questions were raised by the media,” the statement read.
The 1MDB Special Task Force said on July 2 that it had frozen 408 bank accounts of individuals, political parties and NGOs involving a total of RM1.1bil on June 26 and 29.
These accounts included those of 81 individuals and 55 companies suspected to have received funds from 1MDB.
Source: The Star Online