Selangor Journal

MACC arrest lauded, DBKL urged for explanation

SHAH ALAM, AUG 17: KEADILAN welcomed the arrests of three high-level government officials, including a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Executive Director with a “Dato’ Seri” title, by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
KEADILAN Communication Director Fahmi Fadzil said that the arrests are a good start for MACC, led by Chief Commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad.
“However, I would hope that the arrests will not stop midway and that MACC would also pay attention to several issues or cases like those brought up by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) that claim that there were illicit money transfers and embezzlement related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
“Seeing that Dzulkifli has served as the National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team Director, he has unique experience in the 1MDB case.
“Especially when the DOJ announced their intention for seizing assets and properties worth RM4 billion – allegedly stolen by Jho Low and Riza Aziz – is to return it to Malaysian citizens,” he said in a statement.
Fahmi also questioned Dzulkifli and MACC’s readiness to assist in the efforts of returning the assets and properties worth RM4 billion to Malaysian citizens.
He said MACC should be taking action against the individuals named in the DOJ’s suit.
“Will MACC help in efforts to identify the individual listed as “Malaysian Official 1” who allegedly received USD731 million from 1MDB in his personal account?” he asked.
At the same time, he said that DBKL and the mayor should provide an explanation regarding the involvement of a senior DBKL official.
“How can a DBKL official be involved in corruption and money laundering until he is capable of owning a luxury car and high value assets?
“It this an isolated incident, or are there many more within DBKL’s organisation who might be involved in similar activities?” he asked.
In light of this incident, Fahmi urged the mayor and DBKL to be more transparent in their dealings.

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