JAKARTA, April 13 – The Indonesian media can access information on the outcome of investigations conducted by the Public Accounts Committee on 1Malaysia Development Berhad through www.perlimen.gov.my/pac. Malaysia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said “If you want to publish any reports on 1MDB, you need not take or extract information from other sources particularly reports that are biased”.
He told this in the Indonesian media at his office here yesterday. He noted that certain media organisations in Indonesia had recently published reports on 1MDB based on an interview by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). He said the interview had been one-sided, reflecting only the perspective of the opposition.
On the other hand, he said, the investigation report by PAC is credible and balanced as the committee comprises members of parliament from both the government and opposition. He said that the investigation conducted by PAC found weaknesses in 1MDB’s management and also confirmed that there was no evidence to implicate Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in 1MDB’s quandary.
Zahrain said the issues surrounding 1MDB were actually about corporate governance but were subjected to investigations worldwide, after being turned into a political issue aimed at damaging the image of the prime minister. He pointed out that allegations hurled at the prime minister with regard to 1MDB were hearsay and that no party had been able to produce any evidence to prove otherwise, to this day.