Malaysia's anti-graft body not in new task force probing 1MDB

The MACC has also been the subject of police investigation over the leak of official Government information and banking documents.
The MACC has also been the subject of police investigation over the leak of official Government information and banking documents.PHOTO: AFP

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A new task force set up by the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) to probe 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) will not include the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Confirming this, MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Shukri Abdull said the exclusion does not affect the functions of the anti-graft body.

"We are indifferent about this matter. It is business as usual for us," he said on Friday.

He said MACC would continue its investigation into the US$700 million (S$984 million) political donation and RM42 million (S$14.3 million) from SRC International Sdn Bhd, which is allegedly linked to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's bank accounts.

"MACC will carry on with its duty within the confines of the laws that govern the commission. We have no problem with the new task force as this will not affect us at all," he said.

Chinese language newspaper Sin Chew Daily on Thursday night reported that the new task force, dubbed the National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team (NRRET), had been set up by the AGC to investigate 1MDB.

It is not known whether the new task force is to replace the special task force on 1MDB that was disbanded early August.

According to the report, there are five agencies in the new task force. They are the AGC, Bank Negara, police, Customs Department and Inland Revenue Board.

The first task force, which included the MACC, was disbanded soon after new A-G Tan Sri Apandi Ali took over the office from Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.

The MACC has also been the subject of police investigation over the leak of official Government information and banking documents.