PUTRAJAYA — Aug. 30, 2018: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has seized cash totalling US$6.3 million (about RM26 million) and RM900,000 believed to have been misappropriated government funds in its investigations into the government’s intelligence agency.
The cash was found in several locations including homes and offices, following the arrest of eight individuals including the former director-general of the Malaysian External Investigation Organisation (MEIO), a deputy director-general and six other officers. The agency was previously known as the research department under the Prime Minister’s Department.
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki Azam said a ninth person connected to the investigations who was detained in Kelantan yesterday was a businessman with permanent resident status inthe United Kingdom. The largest amount seized involved the businessman in a rented condominium in Cyberjaya.
At a press conference today the cash and several bags believed to have held the cash were displayed.
When asked if the MACC believed the money recovered belonged to the government, Azam said any money found under the watch of a government official was government property.
The money was believed to have been brought into Malaysia from another country which could not be mentioned.
“The MACC is working to recover the remainder which is about US$5 million. The money is believed to have been brought in about three months ago but it is not sure whether it was by land or sea,” said Azam.
Also being looked into is whether there is any connection between this money and 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
Azam expects the investigations to take about two months, on condition it did not involve a lot of money trails and evidence from overseas. Three foreign witnesses and 20 local witnesses will be contacted. — Bernama