Wife protecting corrupt hubby can be charged too, MACC warns

 |Aug 8, 2017

PETALING JAYA: If your husband is corrupt and you knw it, you are an accomplice and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) can come after you too, its chief Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad says.

According to Free Malaysia Today, Dzulkifli said under the law, the wife can also be charged if she hides an act of corruption committed by her husband.

This is because in such a case, the wife could be considered an accomplice in the crime of corruption.

The English news portal reported him saying that under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, a person can be convicted of wrongdoing if she did not ensure the source of wealth obtained by corrupt means, which was shared with her by the spouse.

“Therefore, a wife who receives an expensive gift from her husband needs to ask how he got the money to buy that item,” Berita Harian Online quoted him today.

Dzulkifli cited a case in which an ordinary civil servant was found with millions of ringgit in his house and said one can question how a wife in such a scenario, who lived under the same roof as the civil servant, would not know about the money.

He said wives played a role in ensuring their husbands did a not get involved in corruption by finding out about their spouses’ incomes while also asking them where they got the income from.

“A wife needs to ensure when she gets an expensive present to question the husband about where he obtained the money to purchase the item, which is beyond the means of his salary,” Dzulkifli said.

“If she does not do so and when the MACC have done investigations, action can also be taken against her for being an accomplice.”