Wednesday 19 September 2012

A-G’s Chambers: CCM’s IPs on Suaram incomplete, ordered to revisit probe

UPDATED @ 06:28:29 PM 19-09-2012
September 19, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — The Attorney-General’s (A-G) Chambers has ordered the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) to further probe accounts and other related offences under the Companies Act 1965, allegedly committed by Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) and Suara Initiatif Sdn Bhd.

Deputy Solicitor-General II Datuk Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah confirmed that the investigation papers (IPs) submitted by CCM were incomplete for the A-G’s Chambers to draft the charges.

“Investigation is incomplete and the IPs have been returned to the CCM yesterday,” Tun Majid said today, when asked to comment on a media report that charges against Suaram and the company were expected to be brought to court, either today or tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a Bank Negara official confirmed that its probe on the accounts and “money trail” of Suaram and the company was still ongoing.

The official said they were still looking “for (the) source of the fund and its money trail and other suspected transactions”, adding that Bank Negara was also working with other agencies to avoid possible overlapping of investigations before forwarding their own IPs to the A-G’s Chambers for further directive.

Recently, Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture) disclosed that CCM’s investigations had allegedly detected serious violations of at least five sections of the Companies Act by Suaram and the company.

The minister also wanted an investigation into whether an American non-governmental organisation’s alleged funding of Suaram was linked to maverick currency speculator George Soros.

Ismail Sabri had asked Bank Negara to investigate the matter under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, and the home ministry and Registrar of Societies to determine Suaram’s status. — Bernama

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