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Datuk Mahfuz Omar

Agong is gracious unlike ‘half-past-six’ Nawawi, says Mahfuz

Condemnations continued over Langkawi MP Datuk Nawawi Ahmad’s attempt to link the palace to the 1MDB scandal, after he said that “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1) mentioned by the US Department of Justice’s documents on the state company was referring to the Agong.

PAS’s Pokok Sena MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar today urged Nawawi to stop manipulating his own words by now denying that he had ever said the Agong was MO1.

Nawawi had taken pains to explain that his statement was just an interpretation of the Malaysian Constitution over who held the top position in the country, and not referring to MO1.

He even lodged a police report claiming his post had been “twisted”.

But the Umno MP, who has in the past sparked outrage for his disrespectful remarks on the death of Karpal Singh as well as for saying taxpayers’ had no right to question public funds, said he would only apologise if requested to do so by the Agong.

“He does not have to wait for the Agong to instruct him to apologise,” said Mahfuz, his fellow lawmaker from Kedah.

“His Majesty is gracious and mild-mannered, not half-past-six like Nawawi.

“As a Malaysian and Kedahan, if Nawawi is civilised, he would apologise without waiting for the Agong to tell him,” said Mahfuz.

He warned Nawawi against any attempt to link crimes committed by MO1 with the Agong.

“Do not hide MO1 behind the Agong,” added Mahfuz, who said Nawawi also owed an apology to all Malaysians for trying to incite hatred of the Agong.

In his police report on Friday, Nawawi denied ever making such a claim.

“The question asked to me was in the context of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on 1MDB, which was published earlier this year. The DoJ report on the other hand was released last month,” said Nawawi, as condemnations poured over his statement.

Last week, in exchanges with his Facebook friends, he wrote that going by the Malaysian Constitution, MO1 was actually referring to the Agong, and not Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as widely speculated.

“According to the Federal Constitution, the country’s government was formed with three separate and independent entities which are the judiciary headed by the chief justice, the parliamentary body led by the Speaker, and the executive directed by the prime minister.

“Hence, in accordance to the Constitution, the Agong is the MO1,” said Nawawi.

However, his post had since been edited, with the last line saying: “All three entities are responsible to the Agong. Hence, Najib is not the MO1, as he is either MO2, MO3, or MO4.”

Umno leaders have refused to comment on the identity of MO1, the phrase which is mentioned 36 times by investigation documents released by DoJ last month.

The documents revealed that some US$3.5 billion had been misappropriated from 1MDB, and named top Malaysian officials involved in the illegal syphoning of money out of the state fund.

Although Najib was not mentioned explicitly, the DOJ named his stepson Riza Aziz, claiming he used millions of dollars from 1MDB funds to finance the production of the movie “Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo diCaprio.