Conference of Rulers did not turn a blind eye on 1MDB

(NST) Claims by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission that the Conference of Rulers turned a blind eye on issues surrounding 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was baseless.

Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, said MACC’s chief commissioner, deputy and senior officers were granted an audience with the Malay Rulers to present a briefing on 1MDB in 2015.

“Following that, a statement was released, showing that the issues pertaining 1MDB were being monitored closed by the rulers, based on the roles and powers of the rulers and in accordance to the Federal Constitution. The statement was issued by Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal on Oct 6, 2015,” he said in a statement today.

This was following an earlier statement by MACC chief commissioner Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull that he was left disappointed after bringing the matter concerning former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s position to the rulers.

The rulers in the statement had asked the government to complete the investigation related to 1MDB with haste and for appropriate stern action to be taken against those found to be implicated.

“The findings of the investigation must be reported comprehensively and in a transparent manner so that the people will be convinced of the sincerity of the government which shall not at all conceal facts and the truth,” they said.

In his Press conference as the MACC chief earlier today, Shukri said he and the then MACC chief, Tan Sri Abu Kassim, had started an initiative to appeal the ministers to replace Najib, due to the problems surrounding 1MDB including its RM2.6 billion debt.

He said, however, only three ministers spoke up , namely, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.

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