Account freeze: Daim, the family files a judicial review against Anwar

Account freeze: Daim, the family files a judicial review against Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin and his family filed an application for permission to initiate judicial review proceedings to have the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) lift the freeze on their bank accounts.

The application was filed at the High Court here on June 6 and will be heard tomorrow before Judge Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh.

They are seeking an order to cancel the MACC’s action to seize the movable property imposed in accordance with Section 50 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorist Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLATFPUAA).

Besides Daim, also named as applicants are his wife, Toh Puan Na’imah Abdul Khalid and their four children, namely Asnida, Wira Dani, Muhammed Amir Zainuddin and Muhammed Amin Zainuddin.

A total of 18 companies were also named as applicants, namely Aad Equity Sdn Bhd, Yayasan Haji Zainuddin, Ilham Baru Sdn Bhd, Anchor Point Sdn Bhd, Kangkung Catering Sdn Bhd, Adrihaniz Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Maluri Sdn Bhd, Amiraz Sdn Bhd, Ridana Sdn Bhd, Daan Sdn Bhd, Maya Seni Holdings Sdn Bhd, Magical Zone Sdn Bhd, Permatang Maju (M) Sdn Bhd, Brainstorms Sdn Bhd, Arida Farms Sdn Bhd, Gajah3 Resource Center Sdn Bhd, Ilham Tower Sdn Bhd and Selidik Jaya Sdn Bhd.

All applicants named MACC Anti-Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Division (AMLFOP) Assistant Superintendent Haris Fadhila Sukaime, MACC Anti-Money Laundering Division Director Datuk Mohamad Zamri Zainul Abidin, MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki, MACC Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the Malaysian government as the first to sixth respondents.

They also seek a declaration that the seizure of movable property imposed by MACC in accordance with Section 50 AMLATFPUAA and all actions and decisions taken by the first to fourth respondents are invalid and void.

It is because, according to the applicant, the action violates their constitutional rights, is illegal, made with malicious intent (mala fide) and abuses legal process and power by the first to fourth respondents.

They also applied for an order for damages and costs to be assessed in accordance with Section 44 (6) AMLATFPUAA, general and exemplary damages, costs and other orders deemed appropriate by the court.

Meanwhile, Na’imah, through a supporting affidavit in support of the application, said her family was affected by the MACC’s action in confiscating the accounts involved.

Na’imah claimed that the decision and actions were deliberate to target her and her family, claiming that the family was corrupt and made wealth in an illegal way.

He said he was advised by a lawyer and believed that all decisions and actions of the MACC were purely for political purposes and that they (the family) were not charged in court for offenses related to the AMLATFPUAA.

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