Kit Siang: MACC civil forfeiture suits a good start for new chief in fighting corruption

Lim hailed the 1MDB civil forfeiture suits as a great start by Latheefa Koya as MACC chief. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Lim hailed the 1MDB civil forfeiture suits as a great start by Latheefa Koya as MACC chief. — Picture by Choo Choy May

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has hailed the RM270 million 1MDB civil forfeiture suits against 41 individuals and entities as a great start by Latheefa Koya as  Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief.

According to Lim, the move was the largest forfeiture action in the nation’s history, caused by the dispersal to the 41 respondents from former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal AmBank account.

Lim also commented on acting Umno president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan’s response, who said that the party will challenge the civil forfeiture suits in court.

“The immediate response by the acting Umno president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan that Umno will fight the civil forfeiture suits in court is showing to Malaysians the real kleptocratic colours of Umno, that the curse of kleptocracy is not  just the transgressions of one person but the fault of the entire Umno leadership — and even the previous Cabinet!” Lim said in a statement.

“Is Mohamad Hassan and the Umno leadership claiming that the 1MDB scandal, which is being  investigated in 10 countries, and for which banks in foreign countries had been fined and closed and bankers in foreign countries had been convicted of money-laundering crimes and imprisoned, was just a figment of imagination of the MACC?”  the DAP leader asked.

He noted that out of the RM270 million civil forfeiture suits, RM212 million was sought from Umno divisions.

“Is the Umno leadership prepared now to admit to the reality of the 1MDB scandal which made Malaysia a global kleptocracy and declare how it is prepared to cooperate with the anti-corruption authorities to purge Malaysia of the infamy, ignominy and iniquity of the 1MDB global kleptocracy?”

“Is the Umno leadership prepared to restore to public coffers the monies laundered from the 1MDB scandal or is the Umno leadership claiming that Umno had not benefitted a single sen from the mega 1MDB scandal?” Lim said.

Lim also spoke of his expectations for the Pakatan Harapan government as the years go by.

“I had expressed the hope that as the first year of the Pakatan Harapan government was a year to nab the kleptocrats, the second year of the Pakatan Harapan government should become a year to bring the sharks of corruption to justice, so as to achieve the Malaysian dream of Malaysia  becoming a leading nation of integrity recognised and respected by the world,” he said.

With the filing of the RM270 million 1MDB civil forfeiture suits against 41 individuals and entities, and the establishment of a task force involving the MACC, the National Finance Crime Centre (NFCC) and the National Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) to recover  an estimated RM20.75 billion worth of 1MDB-linked assets from abroad, Lim believes that the anti-corruption battle and mission in Malaysia are in good hands.

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