Media statement by PH-DAP ADUN for Banting, Selangor LAU Weng San on 22nd June 2019 in Banting:
It was a delightful announcement from the newly minted MACC Chief Latheefa Koya yesterday when she announced that the MACC has initiated forfeiture suits against 41 respondents or recipients including political parties like UMNO, MCA, SUPP and PBRS for money amounting to RM270 million under Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLA).
Although it was not mentioned under which section of the Act was used to file the suit, section 56 of AMLA allows forfeiture of property where there is no prosecution, where in respect of any property seized under AMLA there is no prosecution or conviction, the Public Prosecutor may,
(1) before the expiration of twelve months from the date of the seizure, or
(2) where there is a freezing order, twelve months from the date of the freezing,
apply to a judge of the High Court for an order of forfeiture of that property if he is satisfied that such property is—(a) the subject-matter or evidence relating to the commission of such offence;
(b) terrorist property;
(c) the proceeds of an unlawful activity; or
(d) the instrumentalities of an offence.
Almost immediately yesterday after the MACC’s announcement, UMNO’s acting President Dato Mohamad Hasan commented that UMNO will contest the forfeiture suit. Wanita MCA and Pahang MCA State Liaison Committee claimed innocence that they were not informed about the incoming funds from the then Prime Minister before the 13th General Election.
Other political parties named are Sarawak United People’s Party, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah and Liberal Democratic Party of Sabah. We have not heard any of leaders of the above parties commenting on such forfeiture suit so far.
When UMNO and MCA claimed trial and innocence to the forfeiture suit, it shows that the two parties have no intention to repent from their previous mistakes and to turn over a new leaf.