DEPUTY Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has defended Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd, saying the controversy surrounding his transactions in Australia were the result of him simply being “naive”.
Zahid said it had become a common practice or SOP for police officers and personnel to make asset declarations every year, and Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun makes a declaration of assets to him (Zahid), before he (Zahid) informs the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the prime minister.
He said this when referring to an article published by a foreign newspaper recently that Australian police seized A$320,000 (RM971,728) in a bank account belonging to Wan Ahmad over suspected money laundering.
“This matter arose in 2016. Wan Ahmad mentioned the real source of the money was from the sale of a home to finance his child’s education in Australia, but the law of that country requires a transaction of more than A$10,000 to obtain special permission,” Zahid said at a media conference after attending the Royal Malaysia Police management meeting at the officers mess of the Sarawak police contingent headquarters in Kuching today.
“So maybe, Wan Ahmad was a little naive on the legal system in Australia.
“But he has explained the matter to the authorities and also personally to myself. We accept his explanation in very good faith.”