“BMF needs a strong endorsement from Malaysian citizens from Sabah. We, therefore, invite you to sign the ... power of attorney (form) and return it to BMF as soon as possible.
“The more signatures we have, the stronger our case will be,” BMF director Lukas Straumann said in a statement yesterday.
BMF lodged a criminal caseagainst UBS on Aug 29, 2012, for alleged money laundering linked to Musa and his cronies.
On Aug 14, 2008, Chia was arrested in Hong Kong, while attempting to smuggle RM40 million in Singapore dollars to Malaysia.
However, Musa has denied all accusations directed at him, saying he has “no business association whatsoever with an individual named Michael Chia”.
Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz defended Musa in Parliament, saying in a written reply that the RM40 million Chia was caught with were funds meant for Umno Sabah.
BMF, in a separate response to Nazri’s “stunning statement”, said it was shocking that the government saw no wrong in the transaction.
“The Bruno Manser Fund is shocked by Nazri’s claim that Hong Kong-laundered Umno funds, which were secretly cashed in from logging companies in return for favours, should not be linked to corruption,” BMF said.
“Nazri statements reveal the extent of collusion with illegal logging by the highest levels of the Malaysian government.”
BMF also appealed to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Al-Muadzam Shah to appoint an independent special prosecutor order to investigate what it sees as “the failure of Malaysia’s legal and political system in this matter”.