Cops to check on claims of Umno funds transferred to PAS

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim says there is no need for police to call former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for questioning.

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim says police will need to confirm if a report has been lodged over a claim that Umno has transferred RM2.5 million of funds, possibly linked to 1MDB, to PAS.

“If there is (a report), we will see if there are elements of corruption, ordinary crime or commercial crime,” he said after attending the forum “Preventive Laws: Security vs Human Rights” here today.

Noor Rashid said police would hand over the case to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) if the report indicated there were elements of corruption.

He was asked about media reports today stating that the Youth wing of Terengganu Amanah had lodged a police report calling for a probe after copies of the alleged transfer transactions surfaced on social media.

It had also asked whether the money originated from 1MDB.

The reports quoted the wing’s communications director Muammar Qaddafi Nasir as saying that the transactions involved a transfer of RM1.5 million from the special officer to Umno’s treasurer to Tabung Pembangunan Jawatankuasa Jabatan Pembangunan PAS Pusat (JPP) and RM1 million to three recipients who are PAS members.

Meanwhile, when asked whether police would be calling up former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for questioning, Noor Rashid said there was no such need at present.

“There is no investigation on Zahid (by police) so far,” he said.

Zahid, who is also Umno president, was questioned by the MACC for more than eight hours today in relation to alleged misappropriation of funds belonging to a foundation and is required to be present at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya at 10am tomorrow for further questioning.