Malaysia anti-graft agency serves Mahathir’s son notice to declare assets

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has served businessman Mirzan Mahathir a notice under Section 36(1)(b) of the MACC Act 2009, requiring him to declare all movable and immovable assets in his possession.

In a statement on Thursday (Jan 18), MACC said the assets, whether within or outside the country, must be declared within 30 days from the date of the notice.

The commission said the notice was served after the eldest son of former Malaysia prime minister Mahathir Mohamad presented himself at the MACC headquarters at about 9.30am on Wednesday to assist in its ongoing investigation.

“The notice is a follow-up action from MACC’s investigation into the information from the Panama Papers, as well as his business activities involving the sale and purchase of government-linked companies (GLCs),” it said.

The investigation is being conducted under the MACC Act 2009, as well as the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing, and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLATFPUAA).

MACC initiated the investigation in August 2022 as part of its investigation into all entities mentioned in the Pandora Papers and Panama Papers reports.

To date, MACC said it has called 10 witnesses for statement recording purposes.

“The MACC is examining financial documents and asset ownership of the entities listed in those reports, and the investigation is still actively ongoing,” it said.

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