PETALING JAYA: The 1MDB Special Task Force has denied freezing the account of the Tunku Azizah Fertility Foundation (TAFF) which, it said, was not implicated in the ongoing investigation into the state investment fund.
“Please be informed that the said foundation has no link to the investigation on 1MDB that is currently being undertaken by the task force,” it said in a statement.
“In view of this, all parties are requested to not link the issue (freezing of bank accounts) to the investigation on 1MDB.”
Last week, TAFF founder Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Azizah Maimunah Iskandariah had revealed over Twitter that the foundation’s HSBC Bank account had been frozen without any notification or reason.
“Last December, HSBC did write to me, asking me to declare the assets of my committee members, but I forgot to reply to them and then they (the bank) froze the account in June,” she had said.
In another statement earlier today, the task force had announced that it had frozen a total of 408 bank accounts with funds amounting to RM1.1 billion belonging to 81 individuals and 55 companies.
The accounts were believed to have received 1MDB funds.
The task force comprises former Attorney-General Gani Patail and the former head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Abu Kassim Mohamed, who were both on an earlier task force, as well as newly appointed MACC chief Mohd Shukri Abdull and former Special Branch deputy director Abdul Hamid Bador.