Amanah appeals to Agong to appoint interim PM

Amanah appeals to Agong to appoint interim PM

Amanah yesterday appealed to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to order the Attorney-General reopen investigations into scandal-ridden 1MDB, following the civil forfeiture suit filed by the US Department of Justice over the embezzlement of some US$3.5 billion from the state company.

Amanah Youth chief Mohd Sany Hamzan also hoped that the Agong by the powers vested in him under the Federal Constitution would appoint an interim prime minister to replace Datuk Seri Najib Razak until the next general election.

The US Department of Justice last month filed an application seeking to forfeit some US$1 billion in assets linked to 1MDB, following investigations which found theft and illegal transactions of funds from the firm.

The papers have among others named Riza Aziz, stepson of Najib, accusing him of using hundreds of millions of ringgit from 1MDB to fund the movie, The Wolf of Wall Street.

The papers however stopped short of mentioning Najib, instead refered to one “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1), which many believed was the prime minister.

In its memorandum to the Agong today, Amanah Youth said MO1 was clearly a reference to Najib.

“It is obvious that ‘Malaysian Official 1’ is Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.

“Paragraph 263 of the ‘Civil Forfeiture’ document linked ‘Malaysian Official 1’ to a government official who had been acquitted of wrongdoing by the Attorney-General in investigations into the RM2.6 bilion (US$681 million) donation deposited into the private bank accounts of the prime minister, whereas the facts in the ‘Civil Forfeiture’ papers clearly point to the amount being 1MDB funds illegally transacted,” said Sany in the memorandum.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has recently defended his decision not to charge Najib, despite his admission of receiving some RM2.6 billion in his private accounts.

Najib and Umno leaders had said the money was a donation from the Saudi palace, although The Wall Street Journal had cited documents from Malaysian investigators saying it was money from 1MDB entities.

Sany said Apandi should have requested the probe into 1MDB to reopen.

Amanah Youth said it was dismayed by Apandi’s refusal to act on the case, adding that it had turned its back on the nation’s interest.