Malaysia Dateline

Lim Kit Siang

Q&A by AGC on 1MDB disappears, Kit Siang asks why

DAP leader Lim Kit Siang questioned the disappearance of a 17-point Q&A on the US Department of Justice’s application to seize over US$1 billion in assets linked to 1MDB, which was posted on the website of Malaysia’s Attorney-General’s Chambers.

“Is this because the 17-point Q&A acknowledged that ‘Malaysia Official 1’ mentioned 34 times in the 136-page 513-paragraph DOJ legal suits is the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak although Najib was not named in the suits?” asked Lim.

Last week, documents released by US investigators revealed that some US$3.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB, and named top Malaysian officials involved in the illegal syphoning of money out of the state fund.

The document named the stepson of Najib, Riza Aziz, for using more than RM250 million of 1MDB funds to finance the production of the movie “Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo diCaprio.

Najib himself was not named, although the document merely cited “Malaysian Official 1”, in what some said pointed to the cordial relationship between Najib and the Obama administration.

Lim said the Q&A on the website had not addressed the now open secret on the identity of “Malaysian Official 1”.

He said the list also failed to explain “the most outstanding item” in the DOJ suits, that the US$681 million in Najib’s personal banking accounts were from 1MDB through Tanore account and not from any Arab royalty, as claimed by Umno leaders.