GEORGE TOWN: A PKR MP today called on Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd to declare his assets to absolve himself of any wrongdoing following the move by Australian authorities to freeze close to RM1 million in a bank account belonging to him.
Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin said the allegations against Najmuddin were serious and a cause for concern.
“The allegations against him have since affected the confidence of the people in the most important security and criminal investigation institution in the country.
“The deputy prime minister and the inspector-general of police have since issued denials. I would also like to give Najmuddin the benefit of the doubt. But denials alone are not enough,” Sim said in a statement.
He said the easiest way to clear Najmuddin of any wrongdoing was for him to declare his assets.
“If he has any extraordinary wealth, it can be detected easily that way. PKR is ready to help Najmuddin analyse his asset declaration to restore his good name.”
Sim, who is PKR’s representative in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto committee, added that PH was planning to make asset declarations mandatory for all members of Parliament and the Senate, as well as for top government leaders.
Last Friday, Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said an internal inquiry had cleared Najmuddin in 2016 after he produced documents showing that the funds in his Australian bank account were the proceeds from the sale of his house in Shah Alam, valued at RM700,000 (A$260,770 based on the exchange rate at that time).
This was after the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) reported that Australian authorities had frozen close to RM1 million in a bank account belonging to Najmuddin.
The report said the Australian Federal Police (AFP) suspected a “flurry of suspicious cash deposits” into Najmuddin’s Commonwealth Bank “Goal Saver” bank account, which had been lying dormant since it was opened in 2011.
“There does not appear to be any apparent lawful reason for the form and manner of the deposits,” an Australian police officer said in an affidavit to apply for the account to be frozen.
The report said deposits below A$10,000 had started coming in a week after Najmuddin visited Australia in 2016.
The account balance quickly grew by nearly A$290,000, to A$320,000 (RM972,000) in a month, leading authorities to suspect that the money was proceeds from crime and money laundering.
SMH also reported that Najmuddin told the newspaper the money was meant to pay for his daughter’s master’s degree studies and was arranged by a “close friend in Malaysia”.
“I’ve given my explanation,” he was quoted as saying. “My department wrote a letter to the AFP.”
Today, The Sun quoted MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki as saying that the agency began its investigation following a report lodged by an unidentified whistleblower yesterday.