KUALA LUMPUR - The Prime Minister may be cited for contempt over the discrepancy in answers he issued on 1Malaysia Development Bhd in Parliament, said Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
He said that while the written answer given by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak did not amount to a lie, there was still the possibility of him being cited for contempt.
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Gua Musang MP. His house in Gua Musang was flooded to the ceiling.
"It is left to the parties in the House to move such a motion," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday when asked to comment on former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's claim that Najib had lied in his written reply on 1MDB's financial status and should be criminally investigated.
In a written reply in Parliament on March 10, Najib, also the Finance Minister, had said that some RM4billion (S$1.4 billion) was brought back from Cayman Islands and placed in BSI Bank (Singapore) Ltd.
But in another written reply on May 19, the funds were said to be in "assets" and not cash.
Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Mohd Hanadzlah later clarified that the saving was in the form of "units".
Tengku Razaleigh, who is Gua Musang MP, said it must be determined if Najib's answer was factual or not.
"If the Prime Minister elects to correct the wrong information given, then this cannot be considered a lie," he said.
However, he noted that Najib should not breach any privilege given to him in his capacity as an MP.
On the recent leaked video of Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin calling for the sacking of the 1MDB board, Tengku Razaleigh said it was nothing new.
He said that calls for the removal of a public-listed company's board of directors by shareholders were a norm if the company suffered massive losses due to its actions or omissions.
"The responsibility over 1MDB should not fall squarely on Najib but on the entire Cabinet as the issue has become public knowledge," he added.
Asked if his open letter to MPs in November last year was a warning against poor economic management by the Government, he said yes.
However, he said he did not want to make any judgment on 1MDB until all the facts were disclosed.