The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Fee (MACC), in a press release on Saturday, said that it has initiated an investigation right into a former finance minister and shut ally of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Tun Abdul Daim bin Zainuddin, below the nation’s legal guidelines associated to abuse of energy and money laundering.
The MACC emphasised that it had not formally accused Zainuddin of any offenses. The investigation, initiated in February 2023 primarily based on data from the Pandora Papers, entails a request for Zainuddin to declare all belongings inside 30 days, with a number of extensions granted. The MACC underscored its independence and adherence to authorized rules and urged in opposition to hypothesis, emphasizing the necessity for uninterrupted investigations.
Zainuddin, in a statement on Thursday, labeled the MACC investigation in opposition to him and his household a “political witch hunt.” He asserted that neither he nor his household had been concerned in any corruption or wrongdoing. Zainuddin claimed that the MACC rebuffed his efforts to determine the alleged offenses behind the probe. He additionally accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim of interfering within the investigation by making unsubstantiated insinuations in opposition to him.
In December, the MACC seized the 58-story Ilham Tower, a industrial property in Kuala Lumpur reportedly owned by Zainuddin’s household, based on experiences from native media. The seizure allegedly occurred after Zainuddin refused to undergo the MACC’s petition to declare his and his household’s monetary holdings.