BENTONG: The Pahang Umno Liaison Committee has described the move to freeze its bank account as an appropriate way for the authorities to carry out ongoing investigations.
Its chairman, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, who confirmed that the bank account had been frozen, said it would give its full cooperation to the authorities.
“I met the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) on June 19 and Tun Daim Zainuddin (CEP chairman) asked whether we had received any financial assistance during the 13th General Election (GE13)… I replied that the Pahang Umno Liaison Committee had received two cheques,” he said at the Bentong Umno division delegates meeting at Arena Hall, here, today.
“I kept the related documents such as the scanned copy and financial statements… it be easier for them (authorities) to investigate.
“However, I am surprised that even the Bentong Umno division account has been frozen and I was informed that we did receive a cheque… we are open to investigation.”
Adnan added that even though its account had been frozen, the state Umno liaison committee would continue to operate on a moderate scale.
“When Umno started, they were not well-off but they were high-spirited.
“If we instill the same spirit then we should not face any problems in rising again,’ he said.
The former Menteri Besar said Umno members should adopt three qualities to restore the party’s dignity so that it would be accepted by the people in the future.
“One has to have a strong soul and holy spirit, followed by good behavior and appearance.
“Insyaallah (God-willing)… we will gain the people’s trust.”
On Thursday, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is Umno’s acting president, revealed that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had frozen the accounts of central Umno, Selangor Umno and Johor Umno.
It is believed to be connected to MACC’s investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.