Update (3 February): Musa Aman has admitted Amalilio is related to him (“distant relative”) but denies that he had a hand in blocking the repatriation.

The front page of the Philippine Star this morning has highlighted Anwar’s allegation that suspected pyramid scam conman Manuel Amalilio is the son of Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman’s first cousin.

Philippine Star, 2 February 2013

Philippine Star, 2 February 2013

“Amalilio’s real name is Kamal bin Said, born in Beaufort, Sabah,” alleged Anwar Ibrahim to the Philippine Star. “The mother is Zubaidah Omar, cousin of Chief Minister Musa Aman. Haji Aman (Musa’s father) and Haji Omar (Zubaidah’s father) are brothers.”

Malaysian officers had allegedly claimed that Amalilio is a Malaysian citizen, but “Amalilio is married to a Filipina, and holds a Philippine passport,” the daily quoted Anwar as alleging.

Musa is also the older brother of Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and reportedly a kin of the Attorney General’s.

The daily, citing Philippine Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, continues to maintain it was the Sabah Chief Minister who intervened to halt Amalilio’s repatriation to the Philippines. Amalilio is wanted in the Philippines for duping 15000 people in a 12bn Philippine peso get-rich-quick scam via his firm Aman Futures.

Read the full report on the Philippine Star website.

Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman must now immediately respond to these allegations in the Philippines’ press. “Remaining silent is not an option,” said Anwar.