1MDB report will not be made public yet

1MDB report will not be made public yet

PETALING JAYA - Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee has made clear that the Auditor-General's interim report on its probe into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) will not be made public as yet.

He cited Parliament's Standing Order 85, which stated that documents or evidence presented to the Select Committee must not be published by any member of the committee or by anybody else before the committee presented the report to the House.

The interim report on 1MDB was submitted to the Public Accounts Committee on July 9.

"It has been forwarded to the PAC and therefore becomes part of the evidence. Standing Order 85 applies," he said in a Twitter posting.

Kiandee said the PAC was bound by Standing Order 85 and the interim report had become part of the evidence in its probe on 1MDB.

DAP MP Tony Pua, who is also a PAC member, had been pressing for a public disclosure of the interim report.

The PAC began investigating 1MDB in May and had summoned Finance Ministry officials to explain the ministry's role in the debt-ridden company.

The Select Committee, which is appointed at the start of each new term of Parliament, is tasked to carry out selected duties from time to time. PAC members are picked by the Select Committee.

In Putrajaya, the special task force investigating 1MDB has released on bail the third individual under its custody.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) did not seek to extend the four-day remand of the 28-year-old trading company owner as it had already taken the man's statement.

Magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Ab Rahman allowed him to be released on RM50,000 (S$18,000) bail with two guarantors.

The man, whose company is based in Setapak, was detained on July 23 at the MACC headquarters here and remanded the day after.

He was the third person to be hauled up by the task force. He was investigated under Section 16(a) of the MACC Act for bribery.

Following his release, two more people remained under MACC's remand - a 48-year-old managing director and a 27-year-old despatch clerk. The remand for the managing director, a Datuk, expires today. He is expected to be released.

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