PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission says the freeze on the personal bank account of former prime minister Najib Razak has been lifted because it is not linked to the SRC International Sdn Bhd (SRC International) and 1MDB investigations.
“It was not done because of pressure from any party but because investigations into it have been completed,” the commission said in a statement here today.
Yesterday, it was reported that the freeze on the personal bank account of Najib was lifted on Monday.
MACC also said that Najib’s other bank accounts which were allegedly linked to SRC International and 1MDB had been closed before the investigations began in 2015.
The MACC also reiterated that the probe into the RM2.6 billion supposedly donated to Najib was still ongoing.
On July 2, the special task force on 1MDB had announced that it had frozen 408 bank accounts belonging to individuals, political parties, non-governmental organisations and companies, involving a total of RM1.1 billion.
Eighty-one individuals and 55 companies are believed to have received money from 1MDB.
MACC explained that the clarification was being made because of confusing details issued by some people through the media.
On claims that the commission had widely publicised the freeze of Najib’s account but was silent when lifting the freeze, MACC said the issue did not arise as it had never given a statement on the freezing of the account.
“MACC is also only confirming the lifting of the freeze after the issue was raised by the media,” it said.