MACC grants 30-day extension for asset declaration to Mirzan Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: The additional 30-day extension to declare all assets is only granted to Mirzan Mahathir, one of the two former prime minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad's sons currently under investigation, says Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki.

Azam, in confirming the matter, said the extension was granted following the businessman's request for it that he needed more time to comply with MACC's asset declaration notice.

"Yes, we have granted an additional 30 day grace period for him (Mirzan) to declare his assets. So far, the extension is only for Mirzan and not applicable to his brother," he said, adding that the new deadline will be in March, instead of the initial Feb 18.

Azam said Mirzan made the request to MACC through his lawyer, citing that he needed more time because the records dated back to more than 40 years ago.

On Jan 18, MACC had summoned Mirzan, the eldest of Dr Mahathir's children to facilitate an ongoing investigation into his wealth and issued a notice under Section 36(1)(b) of the MACC Act 2009 to declare his assets, all movable and immovable assets, whether inside or outside the country, within 30 days.

His younger brother, Tan Sri Mokhzani is being investigated under the MACC Act 2009 and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 and was also required to declare his assets to the graftbuster within the same stipulated period.

On Feb 6, Azam said MACC had not received any response from either Mirzan and Mokhzani. He had said the duo could face prosecution if they fail to comply with the notice issued by the commission.

On Feb 8, Mirzan and Mokhzani issued a press release asking MACC to be 'patient', citing an almost impossible task to gather all the information required for 43 years from 1981, within such a short time.

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