Malaysia Dateline

Allegations of multi billion dollar theft involving 1MDB must be cleared

Kit Siang moots all-party initiative to clear Malaysia’s name globally

Malaysia should consider sending a parliamentary delegation made up of all parties to the United Nations General Assembly this month to address the damage to Malaysia’s reputation caused by allegations of multi-billion dollar theft involving 1MDB.

DAP’s Lim Kit Siang said such a delegation could cleanse the country’s name of international indictment following the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) damning documents released last July after an investigation by its anti-kleptocracy unit.

Kit Siang said despite the bad press globally, there has not been any action by the Najib administration to defend the country’s image.

“This must now be immediately remedied, and I call for a special session of Parliament this month to discuss how Malaysia can regain our international reputation and good name by the purging and cleansing of the international indictment of Malaysia as an overnight global democracy as a result of the US DOJ lawsuits on forfeiture of US$1 billion 1MDB-linked assets,” said the DAP leader, speaking in Tanjung Piai, Johor, today.

He urged Najib to set aside personal interests and use the speaking slot for him at the UN summit to “purge and cleanse Malaysia of the international indictment of an overnight global kleptocracy”.

“Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region or party affiliation do not want Malaysia to be known worldwide as a global kleptocracy!”

The Gelang Patah MP’s call comes as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan confirmed that the “Malaysian Official 1”, referred to by DOJ in its allegations of embezzlement of some US$3.5 billion of funds linked to 1MDB, was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Kit Siang has previously said the government should not wait for the outcome of criminal proceedings in the US, saying Malaysia’s reputation had “been blemished and tarnished in our transformation into a global kleptocracy”.

DOJ in its 130-page document detailing its investigation into the misuse of 1MDB-linked funds has named several individuals involved in the illegal syphoning of money out of the state fund.

Although Najib was not mentioned explicitly, the documents 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.

After weeks of speculation, Rahman told the BBC that it was clear MO1 was Najib.

He then justified his statement saying that the DOJ’s refusal to name Najib only showed that the Umno president was not a party to the investigations.

But yesterday, Amanah’s Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad issued a strong rebuke of Rahman Dahlan, saying the minister should stop insulting Malaysians with his “atrocious” explanation of the US justice system.