UMNO bank accounts frozen by anti-corruption agency: Report

UMNO bank accounts frozen by anti-corruption agency: Report

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Ahmad Zahid Hamidi gives a media briefing about UMNO's party elections. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

JOHOR BAHRU: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has frozen two bank accounts belonging to United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the party's vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Thursday (Jun 28).

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the acting president for the party, said he received a call from the MACC notifying him that the accounts at the party headquarters and the Selangor branch had been frozen, The Star Online reported.

"It is almost certain that after this, MACC will freeze Johor UMNO's account as well," Ahmad Zahid said during a state party Hari Raya gathering held at M Suites Hotel. 

He added that it was likely that Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin would order the Registrar of Society to deregister UMNO.

"There is no guarantee that anyone who wins the posts of UMNO president, deputy president, Supreme Council members and vice-presidents will not be investigated by the MACC.

"... (and) there is no guarantee that the former Johor menteri besar (chief minister) will not be investigated by the MACC, because we are no longer the government," he said.

In a statement, Ahmad Zahid said he will continue to prove that UMNO’s money is legitimate and not part of any money-laundering activity.

He also said that UMNO would give its full cooperation to the MACC in connection to the accounts that are being frozen. 

“Other than leading UMNO, I will fight anyone and not allow anyone to threaten and discriminate against UMNO. Threats and political abuse by any government in a democratic country is not the way to govern."

He also said he hopes that all UMNO members would stand by him in ensuring UMNO’s continued existence and fight off any efforts to cripple it.

Source: CNA/Bernama/na(aj/hm)