An insurance company has sued the Malaysian government to block its claim against an Australian-owned subsidiary for allegedly failing to properly report the risks of the Ebola outbreak.
The case against Anbang Insurance, which owns several companies in the country, stems from an investigation into the company’s handling of a 2014 outbreak at the Marihuana Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
The company was fined $3 million by the Malaysian authorities for allegedly not reporting the risk of the virus to the authorities.
A court in the Malaysian capital has ordered the company to pay the Malaysian Government $3.8 million in compensation.
A lawsuit filed by Anbang, which is based in Melbourne, is seeking to stop the investigation into its conduct, which it says breached its obligations under Malaysian law, and that it has “repeatedly failed to comply with.”
A Malaysian court has also ordered the country’s Securities and Futures Commission to take over Anbang’s management of the company.
“The case involves allegations of negligence, fraud and breach of duty against Anbu Insurance Company,” the statement from Anbang said.
“As an Australian company, Anbu has been involved in the Ebola crisis since 2013, and is also involved in a number of other medical and scientific research projects in the region,” it added.
Anbang Insurance was created in 2016 to provide insurance to businesses, governments and health facilities.