Ahmad Maslan denies receiving 1MDB funds

Former deputy minister Ahmad Maslan.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former deputy minister Ahmad Maslan has denied receiving money from 1MDB, hours after the anti-graft agency slapped him and 79 others with compound notices for funds allegedly linked to the state investment arm.

He told reporters at the Parliament lobby that he has also hired a lawyer to look into the matter.

The Pontian MP said he had already been probed by the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over money linked to 1MDB but declined to provide details of when the investigation took place.

He said he was investigated by the police first before being hauled up by MACC.

Maslan, who is the former deputy minister of international trade and industry, added that he told both the police and MACC that he had not received any cheques for the amount in question.

He also said he had signed a document to this effect.

Maslan was named by MACC earlier today along with former CIMB group chairman Nazir Razak, property tycoon Lim Soon Peng and ex-Felda chairman Shahrir Abdul Samad.

MACC also named a host of events management companies as well as more than a dozen Umno divisions nationwide.

Chief commissioner Latheefa Koya said compound notices had been issued to them under Section 92 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001, and that MACC is looking to recover RM420 million.

The 80 individuals and entities have been ordered to pay up within two weeks.