MACC freezes 41 bank accounts linked to Aman Palestin amid alleged embezzlement scandal

by SUFEA SALEHUDIN / pic TMR FILE

THE Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission freeze 41 bank accounts owned by Aman Palestin Berhad and its associated entities worth over RM15 million, suspecting embezzlement.

MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said they have raided the Aman Palestin’s office to procure documents and secured cooperation and are actively engaged in the forensic investigation process.

“MACC is in the process of obtaining documents from both Aman Palestin and the banks. We will be conducting an investigation regarding the collection of donations and the allocation of funds” he said in a statement today.

The Anti-Graft body said, preliminary investigations have uncovered multiple cases of embezzlement involving a total of around RM70 million that were diverted from the company’s intended objectives. 

“MACC had previously conducted a search of the charity’s premises and gathered records pertaining to financial and operational management over the preceding five years.

“The purpose of the investigation was to gather information pertaining to offences outlined in the MACC Act 2009, the Prevention of Money Laundering, Prevention of Terrorism Financing and Proceeds from Illegal Activities Act 2001 (AMLATFPUAA 2001), and the Penal Code (Act 574).

“MACC has also taken the testimony of several crucial witnesses. The preliminary investigation has revealed multiple issues related to the embezzlement of funds,” said the statement.

In a letter dated Aug 24, Perlis Mufti Datuk Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin instructed the Perlis State Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JAIPs) to prohibit the collection of funds by Aman Palestin in places of worship and other religious premises within the state.

Mohd Asri had voiced concerns about Aman Palestin’s handling of funds, emphasising the need for greater transparency in their collection and distribution processes.

Subsequently, the state religious authorities banned Aman Palestin’s fund collecting in Perlis on Oct. 12 pending a probe.