Crime & Courts

Aman Palestin asset freezing 'a common measure' in AMLA investigations, says MACC

KUALA LUMPUR: The freezing of accounts in the investigation against Aman Palestin Bhd (Aman Palestin) is conducted professionally with no malicious intent towards any party, said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Its chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said the freezing of accounts is "a common measure in investigations where deemed necessary" based on Section 44(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLATFAPUAA 2021).

He said MACC is prepared to present justifications to the court regarding the frozen assets, and welcomed any legal action taken against the investigation.

"We are both responsible and mandated to investigate any allegations of misconduct and abuse of power thoroughly, especially cases involving public interest and financial mismanagement."

Earlier, MACC remained adamant that it will not unfreeze the Aman Palestin accounts and is ready to address legal challenges.

Azam also told the New Straits Times that he had not received Aman Palestin's letter to request for the freezing order to be lifted or changed.

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