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PETALING JAYA: Ummi Hafilda Ali, who resurrected the issue of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s alleged accumulation of RM3 billion when he was in the administration with new evidence, yesterday met Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers to have her statement taken.
Yesterday’s meeting at a downtown hotel was the closest indication yet, that investigations into Anwar’s 1999 Anti-Corruption Agency case seems to have been revived.
Already, in the past week, at least two key players in the 13-year-old saga have offered to help MACC should investigation into the case be reopened.
Former Bank Negara assistant governor Datuk Abdul Murad Khalid, whose statutory declaration (SD) on Anwar’s alleged control of 20 master accounts worth RM3 billion — dated Oct 26, 1999, and which ultimately prompted the then ACA to launch probes — in a statement earlier this week, stood by his SD and expressed his willingness to come forward again to assist in investigations.
Yesterday, the New Straits Times ran an interview with former ACA investigations chief Abdul Razak Idris, who said that he, as a plaintiff’s witness in Anwar’s 2004 suit, was allegedly instructed by the latter to draw up the SD he tendered in court to say that the case was closed.
Razak, who has since left the service, urged the MACC to reopen the case if there was fresh evidence and offered to help the commission if his input was needed.
The NST also ran a story yesterday that new evidence, said to have been handed over to the MACC by Ummi, suggested that Anwar could be linked to 62 properties located in the country, many of which are alleged to be in Penang.
Sources told the NST that checks on the properties were being conducted to ascertain their connections between Anwar and several individuals.
The NST, which got wind of yesterday’s meeting, saw Ummi and the investigators poring through stacks of files and documents.
Ummi, clad in her trademark flowy outfit and a matching scarf, arrived at the hotel slightly after 3pm, accompanied by an aide.
In the meeting, which lasted more than six hours, the NST learned that among the evidence that exchanged hands was a list of properties, including posh condominiums, some of which are allegedly under the names of Anwar’s close acquaintances.
The evidence was also said to have pointed the MACC towards several companies’ involvement in the saga.
Other evidence included bank drafts allegedly purchased by Ummi’s brother, Azmin Ali and his wife, Shamsidar Taharin.
It is understood that in the pile of evidence was a picture of a woman, said to be linked to Anwar and who had allegedly benefited from the questionable wealth.
Ummi, when interviewed after the meeting, said she would not reveal much of the evidence as to be fair to Anwar.
She said in agreeing to cooperate with the MACC, she had asked that the commission expedite probes into the evidence she had furnished.
“If in the 1999 investigations, the ACA found no links to Anwar, they should be able to establish them this time.
“The evidence given to the MACC investigating officers just now are all new and had never been seen before... those that they had failed to get hold of then.
“The officers themselves were surprised to see the evidence that was given to them,” she said.