Malaysia's Deputy PM wants allegations in WSJ report investigated

Malaysia's Deputy PM wants allegations in WSJ report investigated
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin

PETALING JAYA - The relevant authorities must step in and investigate all allegations made against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has called on all agencies, especially the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Bank Negara Malaysia and the police, along with the Attorney-General's Chambers to investigate all allegations made against Najib.

"I am confident the investigation will be conducted thoroughly and in a transparent manner.

"Ultimately, we want the truth," he said in a statement on Saturday.

Muhyiddin was commenting on a report by the Wall Street Journal on Friday, which, quoting unidentified Malaysian investigators, alleged that nearly US$700 million (S$943 million) could be traced to Najib's personal bank accounts.

"I am really worried about this revelation as it is claimed that the money was derived from a few entities with links to 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB).

"This is a very serious allegation that can jeopardise his credibility and integrity as the Prime Minister and the leader of the Government," he said.

The Deputy Prime Minister added that the latest round of allegations has also attracted the interest of the rakyat and the international media, and that it was a matter of public interest.

Muhyiddin also suggested that Najib himself give a convincing explanation or denial as the allegation was personal.

"If he is confident all allegations are untrue and mere lies, then it is wise for him to take legal action against those who made the allegations in the first place.

"This is to clear his name and preserve the Government's credibility," he said.

Muhyiddin also called on all parties to stay calm as he believed the truth will come out eventually.

"I am praying that Allah will give us the tawfiq and hidayah for us to solve this problem as well as grant continuous prosperity to the rakyat and country," he said.

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