WASHINGTON - THE subject of Malaysia's beleaguered 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) being investigated by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) never cropped up during meetings that Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had with the FBI and other agencies in the US, he said.
"I've met the top officials from so many parties; it (1MDB) was not raised by the FBI, CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), (US Secretary of State) John Kerry and any other party we met," Mr Zahid said.
"I met FBI deputy director (Mark F. Giuliano) and senior FBI officials - not one word was mentioned about 1MDB," he told Malaysian journalists on Friday, when asked if alleged 1MDB investigations were were brought up by FBI officials he met.
Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI was investigating 1MDB for alleged money laundering.
"Maybe, the issue is big as it is being shouted about in our country. It is used as a political issue, but 1MDB is not a big issue to them here (in the US) at all," he said.
During his week-long US working trip, Mr Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, held discussions with the CIA and FBI on national and regional security, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, security in the South China Sea and migrants.
On 1MDB, he advised Malaysians against being influenced by unsubstantiated claims that the US intelligence agencies were conducting investigations on it.
Commenting on the latest developments concerning 1MDB on the home front, he urged certain quarters not to question the credibility of the enforcement agencies investigating the sovereign fund.
He added that such irresponsible statements only divided the people and party, and was unnecessary as the country faced numerous economic and other challenges.