PETALING JAYA: Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa took DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang to task today for failing to understand and disrespecting the process of law in the asset forfeiture case involving Umno and alleged 1MDB funds.
In a running exchange of words between the two leaders, Annuar accused Lim of being “illiterate” about civil forfeiture when Lim stated that Annuar had tacitly admitted that Umno had accepted funds from 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission has filed suits against Umno and various leaders, alleging that they had received illicit funds from 1MDB, which is at the centre of money laundering and corruption investigations.
In a statement today, Annuar said Lim was hung up on the 1MDB issue “which he has created himself” and had proceeded to pass judgement on Umno’s involvement even though the matter was still before the courts.
“Does Lim not understand that the civil forfeiture action is a petition by MACC which must be heard by the court, and in which various parties who have a claim to the assets have an opportunity to prove that the assets were not the proceeds of illegal activity?” said Annuar.
“I say again, the money in Umno Malaysia’s accounts frozen by MACC was not illicit funds and had nothing to do with 1MDB. They were from lawful activities which we will prove in court.”
He said the MACC action had frozen hundreds of accounts of those who received money from (former Umno president and former prime minister) Najib Razak in the form of donations and sponsorship. The status of Najib’s account had not yet been decided by the courts, and Umno had no knowledge about Najib’s accounts as they were not handled by the party, Annuar said.
“In his impatience, Kit Siang has shown disrespect for the rule of law by not awaiting the full judgement of the courts,” Annuar said.