Rafizi wants RM40mil 'donation' case reopened

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PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli will fly to Hong Kong tomorrow to appeal to the city's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to reopen its investigation into the RM40 million 'political donation' involving Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman and businessman Michael Chia.

Rafizi will also ask the internationally-renowned anti-graft body to open a fresh investigation against Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz over the same matter.

Rafizi claimed that Nazri's earlier statement to Parliament clearing Musa and Chia of any wrongdoing has tarnished the good image of ICAC, and his son Nedim was linked to Chia.

"The National Oversight and Whistleblowers Centre (NOW) has taken the initiative to send a delegation to Hong Kong to collect further information.

"We will also update the enforcement agency in Hong Kong on the latest developments in the RM40 million bribery case involving Musa, Chia and Nazri," Rafizi told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

NOW is an NGO established by Rafizi to encourage whistleblowing on matters of corruption and other wrongdoings and to protect whistleblowers.

Rafizi said he will ask ICAC whether it was forced to close the investigation because the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA, which is now known as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission or MACC) refused to give its cooperation.

He told Malaysiakini that the ICAC did not make any statement to support Nazri’s various claims on the case.

Nazri has on Oct 11 claimed in a parliamentary reply that the MACC has concluded that “no element of corruption was proven” in the case and the RM40 million was a political contribution to Sabah Umno and not for Musa’s personal use.

His reply also stated that the ICAC took no further action in the case after the MACC finding, while the request for cooperation in a criminal matter lodged over the Swiss bank account has been withdrawn for the same reason.

On Oct 18, the de facto law minister also claimed that the ICAC found “no element of corruption” in the RM40 million contribution.

However, the ICAC has refused to divulge any details over its investigations when asked by Malaysiakini whether its probe has cleared Musa and Chia.

Rafizi said he will submit evidence to the ICAC, including local media reports which carried BN leaders’ statements on the case.

These materials have been given to Hong Kong politicians for them to distribute, he added.

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