Minister: Sacking 1MDB board a 'waste of time'

Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

PETALING JAYA - Sacking board members of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) would not get to the bottom of the truth, said Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

In a statement on Friday, the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister said the move should only be considered if any board members refuse to testify.

Rahman Dahlan was commenting on the viral video of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's speech calling for the sacking of 1MDB board members at a closed-door Umno event.

He said the current board just took over the reins, and would need time to understand the history of transactions before being interrogated by the Auditor-General and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

"This is time-wasting and goes against the urgent call to investigate 1MDB.

"I agree the removal of 1MDB's CEO would calm public anxiety but I don't know if it can contribute in our quest for the truth," he said.

Rahman Dahlan also reminded the public that the current CEO of 1MDB was only appointed for a few months and was not involved in the controversial transactions of the company prior to his appointment.

He also said that Muhyiddin has no intention to disrespect Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"To be fair, Muhyiddin did mention in the video it was not his intention to show hatred to the Prime Minister.

"If we follow public statements made by Najib before this, he is also saying the same on 1MDB," said Rahman Dahlan, who is also an Umno supreme council member.

But he did note the difference between Muhyiddin and Najib's stance over the 1MDB issue.

He said Muhyiddin was asking for the removal of 1MDB's CEO, while Najib was emphasising on the action to be taken after investigations were completed.

On Wednesday, the PAC began its probe into the controversial company.

Frequent changes in auditors will be examined. And the entire history of the company since its start in 2009 will come under intense scrutiny by the PAC.