KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) clarified that the investigation against former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin is lawful and based on existing laws and information from the Pandora Papers.
MACC said that they would like to correct the facts regarding the statement issued by Tun Daim Zainuddin which he claimed has caused unnecessary confusion and misunderstanding over the investigation of his case.
MACC in a statement said, MACC has never at any point raised or issued any official statement accusing him (Daim) of committing any offences.
“In his (Daim) case, the MACC opened an investigation paper on February 2023 based on information from Pandora Papers,” MACC said in a statement Saturday.
MACC said as part of the investigation, on June 7, a Notice under Section 36(1)(a) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 (Act 694) was sent to Daim, requesting that a written and sworn statement be made by him to declare all his assets whether inside or outside the country within 30 days from the date the Notice was issued.
The commission said Daim had applied for five extensions and he was granted the extensions on July 6, Aug 10, Sept 11, Oct 11 and the last on Nov 14 to declare all his assets.
“As part of the investigation process, the public prosecutor had issued a Notice of Seizure on Ilham Tower on Dec 18, under Section 38(1), MACC Act 2009 (Seizure of immovable property).’’
“Daim is being investigated under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act 2009, and Section 4 (1) Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Act 2001 (AMLATFPUAA).
“However, based on the legal principle of “presumption of innocence”, anyone being investigated for any offences is innocent until proven guilty, and he has every opportunity to clear his name if the case is brought to the court of law,” MACC said.
The MACC also made it clear that it is acting as an independent body, subject to monitoring by five other independent oversight bodies.
Meanwhile, the anti-graft body would like to reiterate that the MACC is an independent Commission and acts in an objective and professional manner according to stipulated laws and regulations, in addition to being monitored by five independent oversight bodies.
On Dec. 23, the MACC confirmed that it is investigating Daim over allegations of corruption and money laundering.
The confirmation came about after the commission on Dec. 18 seized the 58-storey Ilham Tower, a commercial property in the Kuala Lumpur city centre reportedly owned by Daim’s family.
Earlier in May, MACC said it was gathering information involving the alleged misappropriation of RM2.3 billion by a former minister and a businessman. – Malaysia World News