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RM3b master account claim under MACC scrutiny

June 14, 2012

MACC can investigate if complaint has elements of corruption, says its chief.

GEORGE TOWN: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is studying reports lodged against Anwar Ibrahim, claiming he had control over 20 statutory accounts worth RM3 billion.

MACC chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed, however, declined to comment further on the issue when met by reporters after attending a roundtable presentation and discussion on the national key result area (NKRA) on prevention of corruption, with foreign investors, here today.

He was asked to comment on the statement by Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali who wanted to know the status of the MACC’s investigation into a claim allegedly made by former Bank Negara assistant governor Abdul Murad Khalid.

“Whatever complaint that has elements of corruption, we can investigate, regardless of who made the complaint and who were being implicated. But I cannot say anything more because I am bound by MACC’s policy to refrain from divulging information on the investigation,” he said.

Murad had allegedly claimed that Anwar, as finance minister in the 1990s, controlled 20 master accounts involving assets, shares and funds worth more than RM3 billion.

Meanwhile, Abu Kassim said MACC would open an investigation paper on PKR deputy president Azmin Ali if it receives new evidence on claims that he had assets amounting to more than RM30 million.


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