Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Auditor does not rule out quizzing Najib

12:27PM Mar 10, 2015


Auditor-General Ambrin Buang has announced that his department will vet the accounts of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) since its inception in 2009.

Announcing this today, Ambrin also said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak would be quizzed if he is required to shed light on the issue.

“If necessary (Najib would be questioned), that’s what the police said as well,” he added in response to a question during a press conference in Putrajaya today.

Ambrin also dismissed issues of conflict of interest in the audit, pointing out the report will be submitted to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and not Najib.

Najib is 1MDB’s advisory board chairperson and also heads the Finance Ministry which owns the company.

Ambrin said he hoped all quarters under the 1MDB audit will extend their cooperation to the National Audit Department.

1MDB became embroiled in increasing controversy after Sarawak Report leaked what it claimed is 1MDB’s email correspondence with PetroSaudi.

The whistleblower site claimed the emails revealed questionable business dealings by the Finance Ministry-owned entity.

Asked if the audit department will call up Sarawak Report, Ambrin again replied “if necessary”.

“Whoever we need to call, we will try. Whether we will succeed or not, we will cross the bridge when we come to it,” he said.

Ambrin said his department is already scrutinising all documents in the media concerning 1MDB, including those by Sarawak Report.

Asked if the audit department can compel parties involved in the probe to reveal information such as email records, Ambrin said his department will do whatever that is necessary “within our means”.

He added that the audit department will engage external expertise if required.
~ Malaysiakini

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