KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has taken his first step on a legal action against The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) about an articles was alleging the Prime Minister who misappropriated nearly US$700 million from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
On the behalf of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Messrs Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak have sent a letter to Dow Jones who is a publisher of WSJ on Wednesday to seeking the confirmation of its position on the allegations in the articles which published on July 2 and 6.
“The articles was contained a plethora of convoluted, scumlous and vague allegations against our client and now our client was instructed us to seek confirmation on whether is it your position as taken in the articles about our client misappropriated nearly US$700 million from 1Malaysia Development Berhad in the circumstances,” said lawyer in the letter sent via email.
“We are instructed to produce your position because the articles collectively suggest that you are unsure of ‘the original source of the money and what happened to the money’ while, on the other hand, the general gist of the articles creates a clear impression that our client has misappropriated about US$700 million belonging to 1MDB”, they said.
“In the circumstance and in the interest of our client, we would expect a newspaper of your international standing and reputation to state unequivocally and with clarity as to whether it is your contention that our client misappropriated about US$700 million belonging to 1MDB,” they said.
“You will no doubt appreciate the seriousness of the allegations made against our client in the said articles and this confirmation is sought to enable us to advise our client on the appropriate legal recourse he can take to seek redress in relation to the publication of the articles,” they added.
The lawyers demanded a reply to the letter within 14 days from 8 July 2015. The lawyers also asked to be informed whether WSJ had appointed solicitors in Malaysia on their behalf to accept service of legal proceedings and also the reporters who has wrote the articles in the event that legal proceedings become necessary.