Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to record PM Najib's statement on donation

PETALING JAYA - Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has given the country's anti-graft body until the end of next month to record the Prime Minister's statement regarding the RM2.6 billion (S$848 million) donation controversy.

He has also instructed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Com­mis­­sion (MACC) to complete its probe on former 1Malaysia Deve­lop­ment Berhad (1MDB) subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd by that time due to public concern.

Apandi in an interview with online news portal The Malaysian Insider was reported saying that he had told Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak about this and the Prime Minister agreed that he would have to be questioned.

"Yes. And sooner or later, before they (MACC) give me the file, PM must give his statement," Apandi said.

"I've told the prime minister, 'Hello sir, you have got to give a statement. One day or the other.' And he agreed."

Apandi explained that he had originally asked the MACC to complete its investigations by the end of October.

He said he contacted the MACC the same evening that the Council of Malays Rulers had issued its statement on the need for the 1MDB probe to be sped up.

"And then, to make sure they speed up, I said, 'complete investigations by the end of October.' That was my direction," said Apandi.

The Council of Malay Rulers in its statement on Oct 6 had called for the probe on 1MDB to be expedited and done in a fair and transparent manner.

Apandi said the MACC responded by asking for more time to complete their task.

"I said, whatever it is, before the end of the year. I said by hook or crook, I want it that way. I mean, I gave them ample time. I know it's not an easy task."

Apandi said investigations involving the movement of money from one company took time and was more painstaking than a murder probe.

The MACC's officers, he said, had already recorded statements from SRC International managing director Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil and director Datuk Suboh Md Yassin.

Asked about businessman Low Teik Jho - also known as Jho Low - Apandi said that he was not yet "in the picture."

On another matter, Apandi clarified that he was never an Umno treasurer as claimed in a biography written about him.

He said he was an Umno member from 1982 and was Pengkalan Chepa Umno Youth chief.

"I've been a victim of wrong perception, because, as far as I'm concerned, my short tenure in Umno - obviously I didn't hold any high posts - have been used (against me) to say that I am an Umno man and whatnot."

He said he had spent far longer time in the Bar Council - from 1991 to 2003 and two terms as treasurer - and even spoke against the Government when it was wrong.