1MDB Committee: Those Involved In 1MDB Investigations Should Not Make Public Statements

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 – Those involved in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) investigation should refrain from making any public statement on its status, said the Council of Eminent Persons’ (CEP) 1MDB Investigation Committee.

Former attorney-general Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman who is leading the committee said any public statement made should be done in the later stages so as not to compromise and impose prejudice on the investigation and jeopardise any court proceedings in the future.

“Less talk, more work. That’s my view,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a CEP meeting at Ilham Tower here today.

Among those present at the meeting were Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Mohd Shahreen Zainooreen Madros; Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) CEO Datuk Yasmin Mahmood; Ministry of Finance National Strategy Unit Director, Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim; and, SME Corp Malaysia CEO Datuk Dr Hafsah Hashim.

Asked whether the committee and 1MDB Special Task Force headed by another former attorney-general, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail would overlap, Abu Talib said the committee had coordinated the functions of the relevant agencies to avoid any overlapping and confusion.

The task force includes Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull, former MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed and former Special Branch deputy director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador.

Meanwhile, the CEP 1MDB Committee is tasked with coordinating cross-sector investigations to ensure fair and just application of the law and advise the council accordingly.

Other members of the CEP 1MDB Committee are PwC Risk Assurance Services Partner Nik Shahrizal Sulaiman, Naqiz & Partners Senior Partner Syed Naqiz Shahabuddin Syed Abdul Jabbar, Indonesian Financial Services Authority Senior Advisor Faris Rabidin and Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism founder Cynthia Gabriel. — Bernama

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