Wan Junaidi: Govt will initiate probe on Pandora Papers

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Government agencies involved in the investigations include MACC, Bank Negara and the police.

The government has given an assurance that it will leave no stone unturned in its probe against those found to be involved in any illicit outflow of funds, especially those named in the Pandora Papers leak.

This comes after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim raised the question of the leak in the Dewan Rakyat again today, asking if any action will be taken against Malaysians named in the documents.

In response, law minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said he will meet with representatives from enforcement agencies and convey the prime minister’s instructions to them on the matter.

“I give you the guarantee that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Bank Negara and the police commercial crime unit, among others, will be invited for this briefing,” he said.

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He also said the results of the investigations would be handed over to Parliament once ready.

Anwar then questioned Wan Junaidi about the lack of action from the government regarding Malaysia’s bad track record with illicit financial flows.

He referred to a 2012 report by Global Financial Integrity (GFI) which ranked Malaysia fifth in terms of the highest illicit financial flows that year.

In the 2015 GFI report, he said, Malaysia was listed as having moved RM139 billion, India RM41 billion, Bangladesh RM25 billion and the Philippines RM21.6 billion.

“How can we be confident that there will suddenly be results when there has been no action taken for so long?” Anwar asked.

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Wan Junaidi urged him to give the new government a chance to prove itself.

“It is a different government, so its actions will also be different. So give a chance to Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and myself to assure that we will take action on this now,” he said.

Following a suggestion from Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian) that the individuals named in the Pandora Papers be called to explain themselves in the Dewan Rakyat, Wan Junaidi once again assured he and the prime minister will speak to those involved.

“Insya-Allah, we will inform every relevant individual to explain themselves, if allowed to in Parliament,” he said.

Previously, MACC had said it would cooperate with Bank Negara and other investigative agencies to prove revelations made in the Pandora Papers.