Malaysia DPM: Leakage of information in ongoing 1MDB investigation shouldn't occur


PUTRAJAYA - The Government suspects that there could be a hidden agenda behind the leakage of information on the 1Malaysia Development Bhd investigation.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said leaking out information on an ongoing investigation should not have happened as the information was protected under the Official Secrets Act.

"No country in the world would allow information on an uncompleted investigation to be leaked out," he said after receiving a courtesy call from Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali here yesterday.

"Of course, we suspect there is a hidden agenda when such leakage occurs," he added.

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said the police were investigating the leakage, which required them to record statements from officials from other agencies including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

"The police are not investigating them, but called them in to take their statements," he said.

"There has been a leakage and we want to get to the bottom of it."

Dr Ahmad Zahid said the police investigation into the leakage was not only focused on the MACC, but other agencies as well.

"They will go to whichever agency the investigation leads them to."

On Thursday, Bukit Aman denied targeting the MACC and the involvement of a "invisible hand" in investigating the commission by taking down the statement from anti-graft officials involved in the 1MDB case.

The action did not go down well with the MACC and saw its special operations division chief Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zaid vowing to find out who had ordered the action.

Asked to comment on this, Dr Ahmad Zahid said it was not an official statement of the MACC.

"The individual concerned was expressing his frustration at what happened," he said.

"The good co-operation and relationship between the police and MACC should be maintained to enhance the trustworthiness, integrity and credibility of all concerned."