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Call for evidence and identities of complainants

19th June, 2017

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysian government leaders spoke out and alleged complicity by Malaysians and called for proof in the on-going saga in which the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed law suits supposedly linked to the government’s 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

They also called for DoJ to reveal the identities of the ‘complainants’ whom DoJ appeared to rely on for its information.

The DoJ filed suits to recover assets on US soil allegedly embezzled from 1MDB.

Defence Minister, Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein was quoted by national news agency Bernama as calling on DoJ to provide evidence to support its allegations against 1MDB.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan who is on a visit to Sabah, issued a statement in Kota Kinabalu insisting that 1MDB is “not a party to the DoJ civil law suit”.

“In fact, the assets that the DoJ alleges were wrongfully procured and seeks to seize, were in fact purchased by entities that are not legally owned nor controlled by 1MDB,” said Rahman, who is also Member of Parliament of Kota Belud. “Clearly the DoJ’s investigation was triggered by complaints made by certain individuals. My suspicion is that these complainants are actually Malaysians with heinous political agenda against the Prime Minister and the government.”

“The main issue here is not the US or the DoJ but that they are quoting from the complaint that they received. So the issue here is who are the parties who lodged that complaint with the US DoJ?” asked Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Salleh Said Keruak in his blog https://sskeruak.blogspot.my/ yesterday.

Salleh hinted at US meddling in Malaysia’s domestic affairs, citing incidents in 1998 and 2003 involving spats between former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his then deputy Anwar Ibrahim.

Salleh said a large part of the DoJ statement on July 20 and last Thursday, talked about what was happening internally in Malaysia, and an even larger part had no relevance to the subject of whether a crime had been committed on US soil as alleged.

“Countries can, of course, comment about the internal affairs of other countries if it involves matters such as human rights, civil liberties, child labour, child sex, genocide, and so on.

“Other than that you respect the sovereignty of another country,” he added.

Hishamudin meanwhile said that without solid evidence, any statement or allegation against certain individuals made by the DoJ would only tarnish its (DOJ’s) own reputation and credibility.

“Do not issue statement after statement without taking any follow-up actions. After making an allegation, the DoJ must also take follow-up action so that those who were being accused will get the opportunity to answer and clear their names.

“If no actions were taken, the DoJ’s credibility can be questioned by the public,” said Hishmuddin who is also Minister With Special Functions in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Rahman meanwhile said that the DOJ suit should be based on provable facts and not contain baseless rhetoric or ill-intentioned statements.

“More importantly, the allegations made by the DOJ must first be proven in a court of law, before it can be accepted as fact.”

He stressed that Malaysia has conducted its own investigations in which the bipartisan parliamentary public accounts committee (PAC) has not found any evidence that money has been misappropriated from 1MDB.

“1MDB is not a party to the DOJ civil law suit,” he asserted, and urged DOJ to identify the complainants whom he believed “are actually Malaysians with heinous political agenda against the Prime Minister and the government”.

“Malaysians deserve to know who these complainants are and the DOJ should reveal their identities immediately so that Malaysians will quickly realise how deeply embedded the complainants are within the opposition parties agenda to topple the Prime Minister and the democratically elected government of Malaysia.”

   
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