Report to MACC if you have proof MCA took 1MDB money, Wee tells Guan Eng

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PETALING JAYA: MCA president Wee Ka Siong today challenged Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to lodge a report with the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) if he had proof that the party had accepted funds from 1MDB.

He criticised Lim for his lack of knowledge on legal principles, saying he must prove his allegations since he had accused the party of receiving 1MDB money.

Wee also reminded Lim that MACC had launched an investigation into 1MDB since Pakatan Harapan took over the federal administration.

“The onus is on the prosecution or the accusers to prove guilt of the accused in a legal process.

“This is basic legal knowledge that he should understand.

“Lim should allow MACC to carry out its duties independently and to report the progress of its investigations.

“If he possesses proof of MCA accepting funds from 1MDB, or suspects that MCA is involved in corruption beyond what MACC has collected during its eight-month-long investigation, then please lodge a report with the police and MACC,” he said in a statement on Facebook today.

MCA president Wee Ka Siong.

Wee told Lim not to behave like an MACC officer.

The MCA president was responding to calls by Lim and other political parties to return RM16.5 million given to MCA before the 13th general election in 2013.

In a recent report published by an English language daily, Wee said that as far as he was concerned, MCA had not received a single sen from 1MDB after he became its deputy president on Dec 21, 2014.

The Ayer Hitam MP said he was not privy to information before that date.

Former MCA president Chua Soi Lek was recently reported to have said that former prime minister Najib Razak had given RM16.5 million to MCA for GE13, although he was unaware of its origin.

Wee said he was shocked at the anger shown by Lim over the interview.

He said that if Lim had read through the question-and-answer article carefully, he would not have accused MCA of receiving 1MDB funds.

“In fact, he has assumed that the election funds of RM16.5 million handed to MCA’s previous president Chua Soi Lek by Najib Razak belonged to 1MDB.

“Lim, as finance minister, should know that there is a law governing banking secrecy.

“Under the Financial Services Act 2013, MCA will have no right to tell a bank to disclose the origin of Najib’s money given to MCA in 2013 for election purposes,” he said.

Wee said Lim was resorting to tactics to shift people’s attention away from his “bullying behaviour” in the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College issue, PH’s failure in recognising the Unified Education Certificate and the increasingly weak economy.

“I promise that MCA, under my leadership, will give its full cooperation to the authorities on the 1MDB investigation even though the alleged transfer of funds happened before I took over the party,” he added.