However, the frozen funds of the national party’s account are clean, said Mohamad Hassan in response to the Malaysian Anti-Commission Corruption’s civil forfeiture suit to reclaim RM270mil in 1MDB funds from 41 parties and entities, including several state Umno liaisons and divisions.
He further added that those in-charge of the other accounts of Umno divisions named in the list would have to make their own arguments.
A letter asking MACC to return the funds in the national account has already been sent, said Mohamad, who is currently heading Umno. Party president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is on leave as he faces corruption charges.
“They (MACC) froze the account three months ago and now it is forfeited. The case will go to court before the court decides whether the money should be seized. We will make our argument why the money should be returned to us,” he said.
MACC had listed the state Umno liaisons of Kelantan Selangor, Pahang, Kedah, Johor and Sabah, as well as Pekan Umno division as alleged recipients of RM212mil of the total of RM270mil 1MDB funds from former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal account.