Surrender 1MDB money or face legal action

By BERNAMA / Pic By TMR

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday requested people who know or suspect that money from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has gone into their accounts to surrender it voluntarily or face legal action.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull (picture) said all such money were public funds and must be returned immediately.

The holders of such accounts should come to the MACC and it would show proof that the 1MDB funds had been misappropriated, he said.

“We will gather all such money and will return it to the people,” he added.

He also said all accounts suspected to be linked to 1MDB will be frozen immediately for the purpose of investigations.

Mohd Shukri said so far, no notice had been issued to freeze these accounts as the MACC wants to have the element of surprise in the investigation.

“It is needless to do that because that will warn the account holders to clear their accounts. The MACC has sufficient evidence that the money that went into their accounts are from 1MDB and anyone involved will have action taken against them by having their property forfeited or sued.”

Mohd Shukri does not rule out the possibility of more accounts being frozen.

He advised individuals whose accounts had been frozen to call the MACC voluntarily and subsequently, return the money.

Mohd Shukri also said the MACC has received encouraging cooperation from several countries where the money trail had been detected, such as Singapore, Switzerland and the US.

The 1MDB special task force had said 408 bank accounts involving a total of RM1.1 billion were frozen on June 26 and29.

These accounts belonged to individuals, political parties and non-governmental organisations. — Bernama