Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Don’t rush us over 1MDB probe, says IGP

The 1Malaysia Develo­p­ment Bhd (1MDB) investigation is ongoing but will take time to complete, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said.

He said this was because recording statements from witnesses involved a lengthy process.

“As I have said, the investigation is still ongoing. I know some people are trying to rush us.

“For some of the witnesses, it took us more than a week to record their statements as there are so many documents we have to check,” he said at the 36th Aseanapol Con­ference 2016 at the Marriott Hotel here yesterday.

“Don’t compare us to other orga­nisations. If you want us to do a good job, let us do it properly,” he said.

Asked on the details of the investigation, Khalid declined to elaborate saying it might send the alleged suspects into hiding.

In Kuala Lumpur, Bernama reported that Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the Govern­ment was transparent in any investigation, including those conducted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“We are not hiding anything. In fact, we will ensure that anyone who breaks the law will face appropriate action. This shows the Government’s transparency.

“It also sets aside the assumption that we are protecting certain parties,” he told reporters after launching, a website and platform for local and international fashion, here yesterday.

Last week, the US Department of Justice launched a civil suit seeking to seize US$1bil (RM4bil) worth of assets allegedly obtained using funds siphoned from 1MDB.

The suit is seeking to recover assets belonging to several high-profile individuals who are closely linked to the state investment arm set up in 2009.

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