The organisers of the #TangkapMO1 said they were prepared to call off the planned rally this Saturday if Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announces the identity of “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1), the phrase mentioned 36 times by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in its suit to freeze 1MDB-linked assets.
“The prime minister himself must answer, who is Malaysian Official 1,” said #TangkapMO1 spokesperson and University of Malaya student, Anis Syafiqah.
Anis said the gathering would go ahead, and urged the people to stop acting as if everything was normal at a time the world was watching how Malaysia was being robbed.
“It is shameful that the whole world is watching Malaysians being very relaxed as we are being robbed.
“We the youth will gather this Saturday to press the authorities to act,” she said.
The rally is already getting support from political parties and civil society groups, including Bersih 2.0, which is also planning a rally to press the government to re-open investigations into 1MDB.
#TangkapMO1 seeks to put pressure on the Najib administration to reveal the identity of MO1, a reference made by DOJ when it filed to seize some US$1 billion said to be stolen from 1MDB.
The 130-page documents by DOJ revealed that some US$3.5 billion had been misappropriated from 1MDB, and 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.
There is intense speculation, however, that MO1 refers to Najib, as the DOJ documents said the person was related to Riza.
Najib heads 1MDB advisory board, and is the brain behind the company which has been saddled with billions of dollars of debt.
Organisers of #TangkapMO1 said the person named as MO1 should be arrested.
The rally will be held in Kuala Lumpur, with participants told to gather near the Sogo mall and National Mosque, before moving to Dataran Merdeka and ending it there at 5pm.