CRIMINAL Investigation Department director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd wants to reclaim his money seized by Australian authorities, but feels that the process will cost him more, said Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
“Of course, if given the chance, he would want his money back. It is his right. However, he thinks that the fees (he has to pay) and the process might cost him more,” said the top cop during a press conference at Bukit Aman this morning.
He said Wan Ahmad had yet to take steps to reclaim the money.
The Sydney Morning Herald, in a report on Friday, said Wan Ahmad did not try to claim the money back, citing that court action would be too costly.
The CID chief has also denied any wrongdoing.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has opened an investigation paper on Wan Ahmad after a whistleblower lodged a report with the commission on the matter yesterday.
Deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki told TheSun that the complainant was protected under the Whistleblowers Protection Act, therefore, the person’s identity could not be revealed.
He said the probe would begin soon, and his officers would liaise with Australian police to get more information on the case.
Two days ago, Azam said MACC would not launch its own investigations unless a report, backed with sufficient evidence of wrongdoing or abuse of power, was lodged.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low Seng Kuan had told The Malaysian Insight that MACC should investigate Wan Ahmad instead of waiting for a report to be lodged against him.
Low, who oversees the country’s fight against graft, said: “It should be investigated because the case seems to be improper conduct. Even without someone filing a report, MACC should initiate an investigation.”
Fuzi, in a statement on Saturday, had said the A$320,000 seized from Wan Ahmad’s Australian account was from the sale of his house in Shah Alam.
“The money was entrusted to a close friend to make cash transfers to the account in Australia.
“He (Wan Ahmad) has been able to provide all the necessary documents to prove the source of the funds.”