1MDB compound list not final, MACC chief says on Mas Ermieyati exclusion

MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Latheefa Koya today said that the list of individuals and entities slapped with compound notices over 1MDB funds was not final, following questions over the exclusion of former Puteri Umno chief Mas Ermieyati Samsudin.

Latheefa also said MACC prioritised those who had received large sums of money, adding that those mentioned in the list had received RM500,000 and above.

“The criteria is the amount of money involved, not anything else.

“The commission will act in an orderly manner and continue to take steps to retrieve the 1MDB money which belongs to the people, in stages and without siding with anyone,” she said in a statement today.

Umno’s Shahrir Abdul Samad had asked why Mas Ermieyati was not among the individuals issued with compound notices.

He said she was among three Umno leaders reported to have received funds from former prime minister Najib Razak, alongside himself and Ahmad Maslan.

“What raised suspicions was when Latheefa announced on Monday about the 80 entities and individuals issued compounds for the case, but only Maslan and I were included.

“Magically, Mas Ermieyati’s name is no longer mentioned,” he said in a Facebook post.

Mas Ermieyati left Umno on July 1 last year before joining PPBM after five months as an independent.

Shahrir accused the anti-graft agency of being selective, saying Latheefa had put her integrity as MACC chief on the line.

“In the New Malaysia – the clean Malaysia – those with power use it selectively against those who are strong and steady in their political principles.

“This is the price of dignity. Still exposed to selective prosecution by those without integrity,” he said.

He reiterated that he had not denied receiving funds from Najib, saying he had asked Najib, who was the Umno president, for money for political programmes and purposes.

“As an Umno MP, I did not have other sources of finances because I am not involved in any businesses. So who else could I ask for financial help other than my party president?” he said. “That is my consistent explanation.”

The compounds were issued under Section 92 (1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 against 80 individuals and companies said to have received funds from 1MDB.

Besides Shahrir, eight other individuals, including Najib’s brother Nazir Razak, were issued compounds, along with 43 political entities, 23 companies and five organisations.

They are required to return the money they received within two weeks or to challenge the compound notices in court.