KUALA LUMPUR: The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) ought to reveal the identity of the individuals who lodge complaints relating to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications director Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said today.
Rahman, who was commenting on the allegations contained in a civil lawsuit which was recently filed by the DoJ.
Rahman had said that the investigation was lacking in valid evidence, and gave him an inkling that it may be triggered by complaints made by individuals with a heinous political agenda against the Prime Minister and the government.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department also stressed that Malaysia, as a sovereign country, has conducted its own investigations through the bipartisan parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which revealed that no evidence were found that the 1MDB funds have been misappropriated.
“While the DoJ has every right to file the civil lawsuit, it is essential for the lawsuit to be based on provable facts and not 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.
“1MDB is not a party to the DoJ civil lawsuit. 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.
“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,” he said in a statement today.
DoJ, in its third and latest filing on June 15, have stated that the allegedly misappropriated figure stood at US$4.5 billion (RM19.3 billion) and is seeking to seize US$1.7 billion (RM7.3 billion) in assets purportedly acquired using funds stolen from 1MDB.