DAP and Pas today welcomed the statement by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan in admitting that the person behind “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1) referred to by US authorities last July was Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said following the admission by Abdul Rahman, the government should now come out openly to explain the prime minister’s involvement in the alleged embezzlement of 1MDB funds, as stated by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in its report last July.
DOJ in its 130-page document detailing its investigation into the misuse of 1MDB-linked funds 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.
“But many are wondering whether (Abdul Rahman’s) admission has been agreed upon by the cabinet and the PM himself,” said Tuan Ibrahim.
Abdul Rahman, speaking to BBC today, said the identity of MO1 was not a msytery.
“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.”
DAP’s Lim Kit Siang said now that Abdul Rahman has declared Najib as the person referred to by the DOJ documents, the prime minister should take the opportunity to clear Malaysia’s name which he said has been tarnished by allegations of kleptocracy.
“If Najib is serious … he should assume the greatest challenge of his premiership to address the United Nations General Assembly at the end of the month to purge and cleanse Malaysia’s good name and reputation from being identified as a global kleptocracy,” said the Gelang Patah MP.
He 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”.