KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 11, 2020: Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull today defended his position by saying that he did not order a businessman’s bank account to be unforozen or if he was in deference to the prime minister.
Shukri made this statement in response to what Minister in the PM’s Department Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan told parliament yesterday that former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and former finance minister Lim Guan Eng had interfered in investigations into businessman Tan Sri Lim Soon Peng relating to 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
“If it is true that the freeze was lifted, it was not on my orders. In my investigations, I only conceded to the instruction of the deputy public prosecutor, not the instruction of other parties,” said Shukri.
Takiyuddin said minutes of a meeting on December 5, 2018, stated that Mahathir had written a letter asking for the freeze on the businessman’s account to be lifted and that Lim also made such a request to then attorney-general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas .
He said Thomas had written to Lim on May 31 last year asking for the freeze to be lifted.