Senior Umno politicians' challenge on MACC notices dismissed

Former deputy finance minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (left) with former Johor Bahru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Samad. (Photo by Shahrin Yahya/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 26): The High Court today dismissed a challenge mounted by former Johor Bahru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Samad, former deputy finance minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan and former deputy home minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) notices issued to them to recover funds from 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

Justice Datuk Nordin Hassan denied leave for the three of them and 31 other applicants who are challenging the MACC notices issued to them last October.

"The actions by the MACC to issue a compound is considered part and parcel in a criminal proceeding and cannot be reviewed under judicial review by another court," the judge said in his brief grounds.

Others whose challenges to the notice were also dismissed include Pasir Mas Umno division chief Datuk Hanafi Mamat, Penang Umno liaison secretary Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir, who is also Bukit Mertajam Umno division chief, Bandar Tun Razak Umno division chief Datuk Rizalman Mokhtar, Taiping Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Shalimin Ahmad Shaffie, Pahang state exco member Datuk Nazri Ngah, Husain Awang of PAS and Perak state opposition Datuk Saarani Mohamad.

However, their lawyer led by Shahrul Fazli Kamarulzaman indicated that they received instructions to appeal today's decision.

It was previously reported that several individuals and entities are challenging the issuance of the notice and seek to quash it. 

They sought a review to initiate a judicial review and wanted to obtain leave for the merits of their challenge to be heard.

On Oct 7, MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya at a press conference announced that the MACC was taking action on 80 individuals and entities that were said to have received money from 1MDB, through former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and it was hoping to recover some RM420 million from the action.

Latheefa named Najib’s younger brother and CIMB Group Holdings Bhd former chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, Shahrir and Ahmad Maslan as among those who had allegedly received funds laundered through accounts linked to Najib.

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