Report: Court tells MACC to name Pekan Umno office bearer in forfeiture suit

General view of the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya June 21, 2019. — Picture by Choo Choy May
General view of the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya June 21, 2019. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has been ordered to disclose the name of an office bearer in its forfeiture bid against the Pekan division of Umno within seven days or risk its civil suit being rejected altogether by the court.

News portal Malaysiakini reported High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali as ordering the MACC to file an amended notice of motion and name the office bearer who is a respondent in the forfeiture suit by September 6.

“The non-compliance here does not justify the striking out. The applicant is given liberty to file an amended Notice of Motion that complies with Section 9(c) of the Societies Act within seven days from today.

“Otherwise, the main action will be struck out,” the judge was quoted as saying during the hearing this morning.

According to Malaysiakini, the forfeiture suit is related to assets linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) case, which is currently being tried in the High Court separately.

MACC was represented by federal counsel Allan Suman Pillai while Pekan Umno was represented by M. Reza.

Pekan MP and former Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been slapped with multiple criminal and corruption charges, to which he has claimed innocence.

Judge Nazlan was reported to have dismissed a separate application by Pekan Umno to strike out the MACC suit for failure to comply with Section 9(c) of the Societies Act, which requires a plaintiff to name the office-bearer in its legal suit.

He set September 6 for the next mention.

The news portal also reported that the MACC is seeking to gazette a notice to inform the public about the forfeiture of some RM700,000 so that third parties, if any, may make a claim for it.

But Reza objected, arguing that it was too early to do so when the forfeiture application has not been cleared.

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