Following the admission by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan that the identity of “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1) referred to by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) last month was the prime minister, DAP leader Lim Kit Siang asked if the Umno Supreme Council consisted of “idiots”.
Lim said this after Abdul Rahman said only an idiot would not know that the phrase referred to Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
However, on July 29, Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Bung Moktar Radin had said that the party did not discuss the matter “because nobody knew who ‘MO1’ was”.
“Abdul Rahman is a member of UMNO Supreme Council, which means he was an idiot by his own definition – at least up to July 29 when the Umno Supreme Council met.
“When did Abdul Rahman cease to be an idiot, and realise who is ‘Malaysian Official 1’?” asked Lim.
Abdul Rahman was speaking to a Malaysiakini reporter, saying it was a good thing that Najib’s name was not mentioned in the DOJ documents, which revealed embezzlement of 1MDB funds worth some US$3 billion.
US authorities are seeking the seizure of 1MDB-linked assets worth US$1 billion following investigations into transactions from the Malaysian state fund.
The documents had named among others Riza Aziz, stepson of Najib, but did not mention the Umno president by name. Instead, there were 36 instances of “MO1” throughout the papers.
Abdul Rahman said this was because Najib was not involved in the alleged crimes.
“The reason why the person wasn’t named Najib is because he is not involved or part of the investigation.
“This is actually an indication that Najib is not among the people being investigated,” he said.
Lim said now that the identity of MO1 was obvious, no “self-respecting prime minister… would have allowed their reputation and good name to be smeared, besmirched or tarnished”, even if his name was not mentioned.
“How can the Malaysian Prime Minister and government stay silent in the past 18 days since the filing of the DOJ lawsuits which had so tarnished the reputation and good name of the Prime Minister, the government and the nation, involving Malaysia in the largest kleptocracy forfeiture action in the history of the United States and the world, and propelling Malaysia to the stratosphere of a global kleptocracy?” added Lim.