Mukhriz in the dark over 1MDB funds channelled to Kedah Umno

Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir was formerly Kedah Umno liaison chairman.

ALOR SETAR: Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir said he was unaware about 1MDB funds being channelled to Kedah Umno while he was the party’s state liaison chairman.

He said matters concerning the party’s funds were handled by Umno’s state treasurer Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, who also managed the expenditure and disbursement to Umno divisions statewide.

“When I was state Umno chairman, there were requirements for funds by the divisions, but I left the matter to the treasurer. I do not know his approach but the funds were used by the divisions for mobilisation activities.

“I don’t know what happens after that but the funds did not involve any project, contract or other things,” he told reporters after launching the state-level National Youth Day here today.

He was asked to comment on the civil forfeiture suit filed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission against 41 respondents to recover RM270 million linked to 1MDB.

MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya, in a statement yesterday, said the suit was filed under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

MACC believed the sum was transferred from the bank account of former prime minister Najib Razak.

The 41 respondents were political parties, including Umno, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah and MCA, foundations, companies as well as Persatuan Kebajikan Islam and Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Pekida).

Mukhriz, who is PPBM deputy president, said if Umno had acquired the funds illicitly, then the party should return them.

Mukhriz was state Umno liaison chairman from 2013 until February 2016, when he resigned after stepping down as Kedah menteri besar following a “no confidence” vote against him in the state legislative assembly.