Keep the public informed on 1MDB probe: Activist

Keep the public informed on 1MDB probe: Activist
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PETALING JAYA - Investigative agencies must keep the public informed of their ongoing investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue, said Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin Abdullah.

The civil society movement, she said, was giving the authorities until the end of August to show some form of progress in their investigations.

"We hope the investigations are made public to allow for scrutiny," she told reporters here yesterday.

Bersih, added Chin, wanted to see a response from the authorities to their request and how they were going to present the findings of their investigations.

She said she would not discount street demonstrations - Bersih 4.0 - if the investigations were found not to be impartial.

In a statement on Saturday, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had said that a special multi-agency task force was pro­bing 1MDB's money trail, which allegedly ended in the Prime Minis­ter's personal bank accounts.

The task force comprising officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and Bank Negara, were going through documents taken from the premises of SRC International Sdn Bhd, Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd and Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd.

The Wall Street Journal had named the three companies in its report on July 2, claiming that US$700mil was funnelled into what it believed to be Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's personal bank ac­­counts.

Also probing 1MDB's dealings which resulted in the company running into RM42bil in debts is Parliament's bi-partisan Public Accounts Committee.

In Kuala Lumpur, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police had yet to send investigators to Thailand to interview Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo.

"Once Thai police have conclu­ded their investigations, we will send a team over to question him," he told reporters after handing over 300 new helmets to city traffic personnel yesterday.

It was reported that Thai police were open to the idea of their fo­reign counterparts interviewing the former PetroSaudi International executive arrested for allegedly attempting to blackmail his former employer.


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