No investigation on 1MDB amid fresh international revelations: MACC

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will not initiate its investigation on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) amid fresh revelations linked to the troubled firm by US' Department of Justice (DoJ).

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad said all investigation on 1MDB is under the police's jurisdiction and had no relation with the commission.

"It (the issue) has no relation to us, it had been agreed before that investigation relating to 1MDB will be handled by police," he said.

"We do not want to overlap by having two agencies investigating the same matter," he told reporters after the launching of Sahabat SPRM (Friends of MACC) at Berjaya Times Square today.

The DoJ in an announcement of its latest civil suits on Thursday seeks to seize another US$540 million in assets allegedly stolen from 1MDB. The department had last year filed a similar suit in relation to the firm.

1MDB in an immediate response said the allegations raised by the DoJ which had linked the firm were not backed with proof.

Asked whether the MACC would look seriously into the claims by the DoJ, Dzulkifli said the case had been tasked to the police for investigation..

"We have to be patient and give time for the police to conduct its investigations on issues involving 1MDB," he said.

However, previous reports in April had quoted Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar as saying that police investigation had been completed and submitted to the Attorney-General's Chamber (AGC).

Dzulkifli said the commission was not alerted by the DoJ on its recent civil action, just like how the department failed to inform Malaysia's authorities before.