Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Umno division chief urges Zeti to ‘step up and clear’ Najib of allegations

The onus lies on those who have access to relevant information to prove whether the allegations against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak are true or false.

Umno Cheras division chief Datuk Seri Syed Ali Al-habshee (pic) said that Malaysian individuals and financial firms mentioned in the report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) should take action to disprove the allegations.

“WSJ, which claims the article is a result of the investigation by a Malaysian task force, must make the report public.

“But we are yet to see the report by the Malaysian investigators,” wrote Syed Ali in a blogpost on Monday.

In a report last week, WSJ had alleged that almost US$700mil (RM2.6bil) of 1MDB funds had been transferred into the Prime Minister’s personal accounts in AmBank.

He then urged Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz to clear Najib’s name, which was badly tarnished by the WSJ report.

“This is the time for Bank Negara’s governor to step up and clear the Prime Minister of any wrongdoing as he is being accused of manipulating his power and position to further his political and financial interests.

“She is widely respected for her work.

“And she must stand up for the Prime Minister, who has repeatedly slammed the smear campaign mounted against him to tarnish his good image and prematurely end his political career,” he said.

He added that AmBank also needed to make public the details on whether the transactions mentioned in the WSJ report ever took place.

“As this is a matter of public interest and involves the alleged mishandling of a sovereign fund, AmBank also has a moral obligation, to the people of Malaysia, to divulge whether such transactions took place,” he said.

He noted that AmBank has to “make a public denial” on the allegations that “huge amounts” of funds from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) have ended up in Najib’s personal bank accounts as claimed in the WSJ article.
Syed Ali added that Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail also has a duty to issue a directive to make public the report, as he has acknowledged “having seen the investigation papers and the concluding report”.

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