1MDB issue bound to take centrestage at Umno do

1MDB issue bound to take centrestage at Umno do
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak

PETALING JAYA: The 1Malaysia Development Berhad issue is expected to crop up during Umno's 69th anniversary celebration today.

Party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will likely address the 1MDB controversy in his presidential speech as there have been rising concerns among members over how the issue is affecting the party.

Najib, being aware of the situation, will take the chance to use the stage to enlighten the party members.

This is expected although meetings had been held to explain the 1MDB issue to divisional leaders and Wanita, Youth and Puteri chiefs nationwide.

The latest was held last Friday when Najib met most of Umno's 191 deputy division chiefs.

A source close to Najib said he would highlight the purchase of 1MDB land by Lembaga Tabung Haji.

"Whether he likes it or not, the president will have to address these concerns. If he doesn't, members would think that he is avoiding it.

"But how much detail he would go into explaining the matter, I wouldn't know or be able to make a guess," said the Putrajaya source.

However, the anniversary is not held to specifically address 1MDB issue alone.

Najib has come under fire from former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over several issues, including 1MDB, BR1M and GST.

Party members have begun asking for greater action on 1MDB apart from investigations by the Auditor-General and Public Accounts Committee.

The recent revelation that Tabung Haji had purchased land from 1MDB in the Tun Razak Exchange had not gone down well with the public. And, the announcement that the property would be sold had not pacified them.

Najib will chair the Umno supreme council meeting prior to the dinner and even though 1MDB and Tabung Haji were not on the agenda, these could be raised.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said: "It may not be in the agenda but supreme council members can still bring the matter up."

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