MACC probes ‘leaked’ investigation paper into RM2.6b donation

(FMT) – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is investigating a report that has been lodged regarding a “leaked” investigation paper linked to the 1MDB scandal, says a source in the know.

The investigation paper, known as “Laporan Kes AmBank”, was first published by UK-based blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin and mentions former Bank Negara Malaysia governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz as well as former federal minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop.

“The MACC has opened an investigation into this matter. The probe is ongoing,” a well-placed source told FMT on condition of anonymity.

The document appears to indicate that Zeti knew and gave consent for RM2.6 billion to be brought into the country via former prime minister Najib Razak’s personal bank account.

The RM2.6 billion deposit – which Najib said was a donation from the Saudi royal family – became the subject of controversy and subsequent action against Najib after Barisan Nasional lost in the last general election.

Meanwhile, Mohamed, the former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, is alleged to have received RM85 million, related to a 2009 1MDB Sukuk offering, in a proxy account in Singapore.

Last week Utusan Malaysia reported that both Zeti and Mohamed were being investigated by MACC for misconduct under the MACC Act 2009 and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Separately, the police are also investigating Zeti’s husband, Tawfiq Ayman, over the RM700 million in 1MDB-related funds allegedly transferred to bank accounts he owns in Singapore from offshore companies owned by him.

Last November, MACC issued a statement confirming that RM65 million in bank accounts owned by Tawfiq have since been returned by the Singapore government.