KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 — Rafizi Ramli said today he was willing to go to Hong Kong to meet the territory’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and present his case, if it remains silent about the status of the RM40 million “political donation” received by Sabah Umno.
The strategy director for PKR said this was because ICAC had failed to explain whether the case is closed or is still ongoing.
“If I still fail to get any answers and explanation from ICAC, then maybe I will have to fly to Hong Kong myself.
“Based on statements, and new evidences found through Umno leaders
and from the Parliament, it is my opinion that ICAC has grounds to
investigate especially under Section 16 (3), Anti-Money Laundering Act
(AMLA) 2001 since there is doubt about the money’s source,” Rafizi told
reporters at Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) today.
However, Rafizi added that there is a policy in ICAC which states that any investigation over three years old will be closed.
“We have contacted ICAC and there has been no confirmation from them that the case has been closed from lack of graft elements.
“However, as Sarawak Report has reported, there is a statute in ICAC
that limits an investigation to three years. If there is no feedback
from the investigated country, then the case will be closed,” he said.
Rafizi said that he will also want to get an answer from ICAC to
confirm whether the case has been closed because of Malaysian
Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) lack of co-operation.
Yesterday, de facto law minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz said
that he was unsure if the RM40 million “political donation” for Sabah
Umno had been remitted into the personal bank account of an Umno leader,
as alleged by a former Barisan Nasional (BN) MP, rather than the ruling
Ex-BN MP Datuk Seri Wilfred Mojilip Bumburing said on Tuesday night
that the RM40 million had been remitted to the personal account of an
Umno leader, disputing Nazri’s claim the day before that the money was
held frozen in a Hong Kong investment account. Bumburing had also said
that family members of this Umno leader, whom he did not name, have been
given access to this account, and have even been making withdrawals
“bit by bit”.
In Parliament earlier this month, it was revealed that Sabah Chief
Minister Datuk Musa Aman had been cleared of corruption after the local
anti-graft authorities found that the RM40 million in question was a
“political donation” to Sabah Umno and was not meant for the chief
minister’s personal use.
According to past reports, the probe was first kicked off in 2008 at
the request of Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption
(ICAC) after a businessman was allegedly arrested when attempting to
smuggle the cash back to Malaysia.
But, findings by the MACC later cleared Musa’s name and subsequently
led to the ICAC closing its probe against the Sabah Umno chief.
Opposition lawmakers here have, however, been dissatisfied with the
closure of the matter and have been demanding the Najib administration
explain the source of the donation and the exact events leading up to
the probe on Musa.
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