KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was not mentioned in the Public Accounts Committee report on 1Malaysia Development Bhd tabled in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday because the PAC did not find any evidence to indicate wrongdoing or abuse of power, said PAC chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin.
This was the unanimous conclusion and consensus of the PAC members (comprising government and opposition MPs), he said in an interview with Bernama here today. Hasan said the PAC investigated every allegation and accusation that was hurled at the Prime Minister over a period of 18 months.
The findings of the PAC, however, were geared towards the chronic failure of the outlined processes, regulations and procedures, where the 1MDB management, and not the government, should be held responsible, he said. Hasan said the government had always maintained that the allegations and accusations of corruption, misappropriation of funds and abuse of power were false and baseless.
“The impartiality of the PAC and its ability to convene without the presence of the media, the public and government were among the attributes that enabled it to come up with a balanced, accurate and fair conclusion. True, there were arguments and objections on some issues, but we eventually reached a conclusion, as can be seen in this report,” Hasan said.
Among the points in the conclusion were that there was no evidence to suggest criminal misconduct related to misuse of funds or investment transactions or investments or any 1MDB activity that was illegal in nature, he said. The PAC also found no evidence to indicate any wrongdoing or abuse of power by the Prime Minister in relation to 1MDB, he said. Hasan said the PAC also found that there was no ‘missing’ RM42 billion as alleged by various quarters as it had been accounted for and there was no payment from 1MDB to the personal account of the Prime Minister.