MACC recovers RM27.4 million allegedly taken by spy agency officers; looking for another RM22 million

Irwan Shafrizan Ismail, Noor Atiqah Sulaiman

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has recovered RM27.4 million of the RM49.5 million believed to have been taken by senior officers of the so-called Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO).

The money, in the form of RM980,000 and US$6.4 million (RM26.4 million), was recovered following the arrests of the officers and the head of MEIO, Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the cash was seized from several locations.

“These include a condominium in Cyberjaya, the office of a certain person of interest in the case... (it is) from the exposure of the case in the Prime Minister’s Department.

“We are still looking for the remainder of cash of about US$5 million (RM20.6 million) of the US$12 million which was believed to have been taken,” he told reporters here.

Azam said, following the arrests of Hasanah and seven MEIO officers, MACC also arrested a a 47-year-old businessman “Datuk” in Kelantan at 11pm yesterday to assist investigations into the case.


The money, in the form of RM980,000 and US$6.4 million (RM26.4 million), was recovered following the arrests of the officers and the head of MEIO. Pix by Mohd Fadli Hamzah

“The magistrate’s court has granted us a seven-day remand order against the businessman. He is a Malaysian but has permanent residency in the United Kingdom.”

Azam said MACC had so far called in several witnesses, including three from overseas, and were looking for 20 more.

“We have also not ruled out the possibility that other MEIO officers may be arrested to assist investigations. We estimate that we will take two months to complete investigations and hope there will be no or has not been any movement of monies overseas as this will complicate matters,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd