Has former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad given Prime Minister Najib Razak a reason to send him to jail?
In a statement published widely on the internet, Mahathir is reported as saying: “It is well-known that criminal acts in the government do not constitute official secrets,” the former prime minister said on his blog today.
“In fact, it is the duty of everyone in the government or outside the government to report such crimes.”
According to the Malaysia Chronicle website, Mahathir has just told civil servants to stand up to Najib, saying criminal acts are not official secrets.
The former PM has also called on Apandi Ali to remove reports on 1MDB by Bank Negara, the anti-corruption agency (MACC) and the auditor-general from the Official Secrets Act.
The opposition party Bersatu chairman said Malaysia had taken no action on the matter despite arrests made of people in other countries for alleged involvement in illegal transactions related to the government’s sovereign wealth fund.
He also called on Apandi to prove that 1MDB did not lose any money.
“If really there has been no wrongdoing, then the attorney-general must show proof that the money is all there, safe and sound,” he said.
Apandi had cleared Najib of any offences pertaining to an alleged RM2.6 billion “donation” and another RM42 million from 1MDB subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd.
Malaysia Chronicle said Mahathir’s call to the civil servants is boiling up to a silent rebellion within the ‘administration’ at Putrajaya.
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