Friday, August 5, 2016

'Gerakan Undur Najib' leader files bid to declassify 1MDB audit report

 Hafiz Yatim     Published     Updated

'Gerakan Undur Najib' leader Zahid Md Arip filed an application for judicial review at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today to have the auditor-general's report on 1MDB declassified.

Zahid, a lifetime Umno member from the Sungai Udang division where Malacca Chief Miniater Idris Harun is from, has named Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, auditor-general Ambrin Buang and the government as respondents.

The application was filed by the law firm of Messrs Haniff Khatri at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today.

Zahid is seeking an order of certiorari to quash the decision of the respondents to classify the final audit report on 1MDB under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1962.

He also wants a mandamus order to compel the report to be submitted to responsible authorities under Article 107(1) of the Federal Constitution.

Zahid is further seeking a court declaration that the action to classify the document under the OSA after tabling it to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as unconstitutional.

In his application, he claimed that the action has violated Article 107 of the Federal Constitution, where auditor-general reports are supposed to be submitted to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Zahid said he filed the application on behalf of Malaysians because Najib has broken his promise to make the document public.

He said that during the hype of the 1MDB saga last year, Najib had asked the people to be patient and wait for the investigations by the auditor-general and PAC to be completed.
“However, after the auditor-general completed the report and when Malaysians could have got a clearer picture on the state fund, it was classified under the OSA. Why ask the auditor-general to make the final report when the end product could not be seen by the public?” he said.
"Never before anywhere in the world an audit report is deemed secret."

Zahid said there has been many comments made over the United States Department of Justice lawsuits and it is the duty of the government to investigate the claims.

“This is especially for the government to find out who is the 'Malaysian Official 1' (named in the court papers),” he said.

“The government think-tank is only thinking about trying to confuse the people and not giving answers."

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