Malaysia anti-graft agency ad­vised to con­tinue Na­jib funds probe

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion said its op­er­a­tions re­view panel ad­vised it to con­tinue in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mil­lions of dol­lars do­nated to Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak, set­ting the agency up for a po­ten­tial bat­tle with the at­tor­ney gen­eral who had or­dered the clo­sure of the probe. The panel also rec­om­mended the anti-graft agency seek the at­tor­ney gen­eral's as­sis­tance to let it ob­tain ev­i­dence and doc­u­ments from for­eign fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, it said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day. The At­tor­ney Gen­eral's Of­fice could not be im­me­di­ately reached for com­ment. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mo­hamed Apandi Ali last month closed the door on the graft in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Na­jib, clear­ing him of wrong­do­ing over a "per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion" of $681 mil­lion from the Saudi Ara­bian royal fam­ily in early 2013, and money from a com­pany linked to a state in­vest­ment fund that ap­peared in his per­sonal bank ac­counts. The premier re­turned $620 mil­lion in Au­gust 2013 that were not uti­lized, Apandi said. He did not spec­ify what the re­main­der of the funds were used for. Apandi said on Jan. 26 he was sat­is­fied no crim­i­nal of­fense had been com­mit­ted and or­dered the MACC to close the in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­pers. Un­der the con­sti­tu­tion, a de­ci­sion to ini­ti­ate crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion lies solely with the at­tor­ney gen­eral. Na­jib has con­sis­tently de­nied any wrong­do­ing. Var­i­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the fund­ing scan­dal have seen Na­jib face his big­gest cri­sis in his nearly seven years in power. Amid pres­sure from some quar­ters of his own party, Na­jib, 62, has said the money that ap­peared be­fore the 2013 gen­eral elec­tion was to meet the needs of the party and the com­mu­nity and wasn't a new prac­tice.

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