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MACC investigating recipients of Aman Palestin donations [Updated]

SEPANG: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is verifying the donations that Aman Palestin has channeled to various countries and its recipients.

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said the commission is also looking into the companies that were established by the charity organisation.

"We are investigating the donations that have been channeled and the companies that were established.

"Our query now is on whether these donations were indeed channeled to Palestine and also other countries such as Syria and how were the donations sent?

"For example, the gold bars that were purchased for investment. This is an issue that we have to really investigate. If there's any misappropriation, we will suggest for them to be charged by the public prosecutor," he said to reporters after the National Good Governance Symposium 2024 here today.

He said there is a but of difficulty in their investigation since the investigators have to retrace all the recipients that received the donations.

"They claimed that they had sent the donations. The issue is who are the recipients? That's what the investigators have to verify.

"They have given us some (the name of the recipients) but who are these people? As investigators, there are a lot of things that we are suspicious of.

"This is something that we need to investigate carefully. That is why it needs some time and we have to freeze the remaining donations.

MACC had in October last year launched an investigation into Aman Palestin in connection with alleged irregularities within the NGO's fundraising activities for the Palestinian people.

It was previously reported that the graftbusters were in the process of identifying assets of the Aman Palestin organisation believed to have been obtained through the misappropriation of RM70 million in public funds.

They had also confirmed freezing 41 bank accounts of the organisation, amounting to RM15,868,762.

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