MACC to charge Daim with failure to declare assets on Jan 29

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Tun Daim Zainuddin is expected to be charged on Monday (Jan 29).

The former finance minister said that graft investigators had recorded a statement from him on Friday (Jan 26).

“My lawyers have since been informed that I will be charged on Monday, Jan 29, for an offence under Section 36 (2) of the MACC Act, which is an offence pertaining to disclosure of assets.

“So be it. I look forward to my day in court,” he said in a statement on Saturday (Jan 27).

On Jan 24, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said that it had been given the go-ahead to charge the 84-year-old Daim but could not execute it just yet as he was in hospital.

MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said the agency had wanted to bring Daim’s case to court since last week, after getting the consent from the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

While the agency insisted that Daim’s lawyers were informed of the intention, his wife, Toh Puan Na’imah Abdul Khalid claimed that neither she nor her family’s legal counsel were informed that Daim would be charged.

The MACC had already taken Na’imah to court where she was charged with failure to declare assets.

In December, the MACC seized the 60-story Menara Ilham, which was owned by Daim’s family.

According to a notice by the MACC, the anti-graft agency had seized the tower after it found an offence under the MACC Act in information provided to them.

Following the seizure of the tower, Daim hit out at the MACC investigations on him and his family, claiming it was nothing short of a political witch-hunt due to the “animus” of the Prime Minister.

The MACC further explained that the investigation carried out against the former finance minister was based on the existing law as well as information from the Pandora Papers and an investigation paper was opened in February 2023. – The Star