Malaysia's Attorney-General says needs time to study Najib investigation

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohd Apandi Ali (above)

KUALA LUMPUR - Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohd Apandi Ali says he needs time to study the investigation papers into a RM2.6bil political donation to the Prime Minister and a former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) subsidiary.

"I need time because I am bogged down with other matters that need my urgent attention as A-G," he told The Star in a WhatsApp message yesterday.

He said this when asked about the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's investigation papers into SRC International Sdn Bhd (the former 1MDB subsidiary) and the RM2.6billion (S$851,099) donation into Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's personal bank accounts.

MACC deputy chief commissioner of operations Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said in a Dec 31 statement that the commission had submitted its papers to the A-G that day - two on the SRC and one on the controversial political donation - along with recommended actions.

Shukri added that MACC was awaiting the A-G's approval for Mutual Legal Assistance so that they could request for certain documents and evidence involving financial institutions overseas to complete its probe into the donation.

Q: Bearing in mind your other duties Tan Sri Apandi, what is a reasonable deadline for you to be able to make a considered decision in a case like this?

A: I cannot fix a deadline.

Q: Do you feel pressured into making a decision when you read or hear of comments 'predicting' your decision?

A: I don't feel pressured.

Earlier this week, Apandi was quoted in a news portal as saying that he would act without fear or favour.

Apandi said he was a man of the law and that he would "decide according to the law".

He added: "Nobody puts pressure on me."

Apandi had said this in response to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's assertion that the A-G was quite likely to reject the MACC reports that had been submitted to him for further action.