Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission won't reveal identity of Najib's $850 million donor

PETALING JAYA - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will not reveal the identity of the donor who deposited RM2.6 billion (S$850 million) into the personal bank account of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as it is prevented from doing so under the law.

"MACC has no problem revealing details of the investigation if it does not go against the law," said MACC's Director of Special Operations Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin in a statement on Sunday.

He however said existing provisions under the MACC Act 2009 prevented the commission from revealing detailed information on the case to the public.

He said that this was also in line with the comments made by former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman who had posted on his blog on Saturday that the MACC had no power until the matter had been brought to court.

The statement was a response to Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli's remarks calling for the commission to reveal the identity of the donors of the RM2.6bil into the Prime Minister's personal bank account.

Bahri said that being a lawmaker, Rafizi should understand the restrains imposed upon MACC and added that if Rafizi was adamant that the commission reveal the identity of the parties involved, he should propose the necessary amendments to allow MACC to reveal the findings of the investigations to the public.

Bahri also addressed reports by former New Straits Time group chief editor Datuk Abdul Kadir Jasin concerning the nature of the commission's investigations, stating that the investigations were conducted professionally and free of influence.

He also said that MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed had ordered investigators to make their recommendations regardless of their findings, which will then be presented to the Attorney-General.

Bahri said that the commission's management believes that this is important to ensure that all parties know that MACC had taken every decision professionally and independently.

"On behalf of the MACC, I guarantee that the investigations into the case of SRC International and the RM2.6 billion donation will be carried out independently, transparently and professionally," he said.