Amanah seeks Agong’s consent to class action suit against 1MDB

Amanah seeks Agong’s consent to class action suit against 1MDB

Amanah parliamentarians will seek the backing of the Agong for the class action suit filed by former Pas vice-president Datuk Husam Musa and lawyer Matthias Chang in the United States to recover money stolen from 1MDB.

Amanah communication director Khalid Samad said the six MPs including him are currently preparing a letter to the palace.

“Six Amanah MPs will sign the letter urging for His Majesty’s consent to the efforts by Husam and Matthias,” Khalid, the Shah Alam MP, told reporters at the party’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

The other five Amanah MPs are Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin (Kuala Terengganu), Dr Hatta Ramli (Kuala Krai), Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (Kota Raja), Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (Parit Buntar) and Hanipa Maidin (Sepang).

The class action suit by Husam and Matthias is seeking the recovery of billions of dollars which the US Department of Justice last month said had been stolen from 1MDB.

In documents filed with a New York district court, the duo say they represent Malaysian citizens, and named eight parties centred around the film production and distribution company Red Granite Pictures Inc, owned by Riza Aziz, the stepson of prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Beside Riza and his company, the suit also named Red Granite vice-chairman Christopher Joey McFarland, Riza’s asset management agent Metropolis IX Capital Advisors LLC, businessman Low Taek Jho, banker Timothy Leissner and his former employer Goldman Sachs.

Husam and Matthias said the defendants used misappropriated funds from 1MDB in a way that denied the money to the beneficiaries – the citizens of Malaysia.

They also accused them of receiving stolen property taken from the state company.