Malaysian PM to Cabinet: Stop commenting on 1MDB

Malaysian PM to Cabinet: Stop commenting on 1MDB

PETALING JAYA - The Prime Minister's Office has asked the Cabinet including Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to wait for the outcome of the probe on 1MDB and stop making comments that could mar public perception of the Government.

"The investigation is ongoing and we should give the parties involved the space to perform their duties.

"All parties, especially those from the Government like the Deputy Prime Minister, should wait for the findings. We should avoid issuing statements that could cloud perception of the country's leadership and Umno," it said in a statement.

The statement came barely a day after Muhyiddin told a Cheras Umno meeting that he had no malice when he questioned the 1MDB controversy and called on Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to take the lead to explain the issues that had come up.

The PMO's statement said Malaysians could overcome the challenges if they were united.

"Public support for the Government and the party will be eroded if we fight among ourselves."

Citing the accusations by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on 1MDB's debts despite the Government's explanation on the matter, it said that this had contributed to a loss of faith in the Government and the party.

"We hope that everyone will be patient and wait for the outcome of the probe on 1MDB so that we could verify all the allegations that had come up."

"At the same time, let us avoid making statements that could affect the stability of the Government and unity of the party and country."

The PMO said the Government had taken the necessary actions to investigate the allegations made against 1MDB, which included directing the Public Accounts Committee and the Auditor-General to conduct their probe.

A fact sheet on 1MDB had been distributed to Cabinet ministers.

Furthermore, a special task force was set up to investigate the allegations that 1MDB funds had been deposited into Najib's personal account and the claim by former PetroSaudi International employee Xavier Andre Justo that he sold documents stolen by him to "certain parties that are conspiring to overthrow the nation's leadership and the Government."

Last night, both Najib and Muhyiddin were present at a Hari Raya open house where they were seated at the main table.

Reporters attempted to ap­­proach Muhyiddin later but he merely waved at them.

Meanwhile, Bernama reports that Umno supreme council is expected to have a "heart-to-heart" talk on 1MDB on Friday.

"We will have a heart-to-heart discussion on whatever differences of opinion we may have," supreme council member Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim said.

Prior to that, he said, Najib would give a briefing to the divisional chiefs, women's wing chiefs, youth wing chiefs and puteri wing chiefs.

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