Come clean on 1MDB’s role in election campaign, Kit Siang tells Najib

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak must immediately respond to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report saying that 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) indirectly bankrolled his 2013 election campaign‎, DAP said today.

DAP parliamentary‎ leader Lim Kit Siang said Najib’s silence on the report would affect both him and the country.

“The prime minister’s silence or that of his Prime Minister’s Office on this expose by WSJ will seriously impact in a most adverse manner not only the prime minister’s credibility but the nation’s international reputation as well,” said Lim in a statement today.

“As the person responsible for 1MDB’s deals, in law and in fact… silence is no more an option for Najib as it is tantamount to admission of the WSJ report.”

The Gelang Patah MP asked whether Najib was prepared to appear before the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) within the fortnight to respond to WSJ’s claims.

“Is Najib prepared to ask PAC to reschedule its hearings on the 1MDB scandal so as to give priority for him to appear before the PAC on the WSJ claim, even in matter of a week or two?” he said.

WSJ said debt-ridden 1MDB had indirectly supported Najib’s campaign by purchasing power assets from Genting Group in 2012 for five times more than its worth.

Genting allegedly donated part of the earnings to a foundation controlled by Najib. According to WSJ, the foundation, Yayasan Rakyat 1 Malaysia, then announced several charity projects ‎that Najib later brought up during his campaign.

“Though set up to help underprivileged Malaysians through education and sport, this charity soon got involved in spending that appeared designed to help Najib retain power in the May 2013 election,” said WSJ.

In a response to WSJ, the Prime Minister’s Office said the claims were baseless.

“Unfortunately, the prime minister’s political opponents, unwilling to accept his record or the facts, continue to undermine him with baseless smears and rumours for pure political gain,” it was quoted as saying. – June 20, 2015.

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