Putrajaya has officially confirmed that the Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) mentioned 36 times in the US Department of Justice (DOJ) civil suit related to 1MDB is Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
“I’ve said it openly. Obviously, if you read the documents, it is the prime minister,” Umno minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan was quoted by British media network BBC as saying today.
“But, I have also said, why didn’t the DOJ name him by his proper name? That’s because he is not part of this investigation.
“There have been other people who are named… and the Department of Justice will take this to the courts and the courts will decide,” Rahman (photo) told BBC.
However, the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said Najib should not take responsibility for the failure of the state investment fund.
“He has taken responsibility by putting a new team in place at 1MDB.
“But just because a few NGOs and the opposition are calling for him to vacate his seat, he shouldn’t do that. That’s too much,” said Rahman, who is also BN strategic communications director. Read more
Source: BBC News
Caricatures of Mr Razak and his wife have been displayed by protesters. Image drawn from BBC News website.
The allegations shocked the world. In July, the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to seize the assets it says were bought with more than $3.5bn stolen from Malaysian national wealth fund 1MDB.
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch laid the case out clearly: “Unfortunately, sadly, tragically, a number of corrupt officials treated this public trust as a personal bank account.”
The lawsuit alleged that those named in the suit were responsible for the fraud. But it also mentioned a “Malaysian Official 1” more than 30 times, and alleged that this official received some $681m of the stolen money, and returned most of it.
From the details in the suit, it was widely understood that “Malaysian Official 1” is Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, but it was never officially confirmed.
But in an interview with me [
, Abdul Rahman Dahlan, a senior government minister in Mr Najib’s cabinet, has confirmed that “MO1” is none other than Mr Razak.
“I’ve said it openly. Obviously if you read the documents, it is the prime minister,” he said.
“But I have also said, why didn’t the DOJ name him by his proper name. That’s because he is not part of this investigation. Read more
Sumber: FMT News
Perhimpunan itu mahu Putrajaya mendedahkan identiti di sebalik ‘Malaysian Official 1’.
KUALA LUMPUR: Sekumpulan pemuda akan mengadakan perhimpunan di Dataran Merdeka pada 27 Ogos ini bagi mendesak Putrajaya mendedahkan identiti “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1), yang disebut Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat dalam permohonannya menyita aset berkait 1MDB bulan lalu.
Sehubungan itu, Gabungan #TangkapMO1 menyeru orang ramai menunjukkan sokongan dengan menukar gambar profil media sosial mereka kepada logo kempen #TangkapMO1.
“Kami menyeru sekiranya sudi, anda boleh menukar gambar profil kepada logo kempen #TangkapMO1 di laman sosial masing-masing sebagai tanda sokongan terhadap perhimpunan ini,” kata Presiden #TangkapMO1, Anis Syafiqah Yusof.
Beliau menjangkakan kehadiran seramai 10,000 orang, dan protes akan bermula jam 2.40 petang selepas berkumpul di perkarangan pusat beli belah Sogo dan Masjid Negara.
Perhimpunan itu akan dibantu pasukan Amal Relief Malaysia (Arif) dengan kerjasama Skuad Medik untuk memastikan perhimpunanan berjalan lancar, katanya.
Kumpulan itu juga akan mengadakan siri ceramah dan “flashmob” bagi menjelaskan kepada masyarakat mengenai isu 1MDB. Read more