Opposition leaders call for PM to explain allegations

PETALING JAYA - Opposition leaders are calling for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to explain claims that 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds were transferred into his personal accounts.

"The Prime Minister has no other option and must wait no longer. He must issue an immediate, specific and credible response to these very serious allegations," said PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

"The Prime Minister must also declare his assets publicly in a sworn statement," the Opposition leader said in a statement on Friday.

She added that PKR would also press for an independent inquiry into these allegations, and if necessary, seek an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to discuss a mechanism to enable this inquiry to take place.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that Najib should file a suit in the United States to clear his name.

"If he cannot explain, then I think for the first time in the eight years I will have to call for him to resign," said the DAP secretary-general.

Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said that Najib should go on leave until he is cleared of any involvement in the 1MDB scandal.

"The Cabinet must insist that the Prime Minister take leave of his position until the matter can be fully investigated," said Pua.

The Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report published articles on Friday claiming that almost US$700mil (RM2.63bil) of 1MDB funds went into the Prime Minister's personal accounts.

1MDB, in an immediate response, denied that such payments were ever made to the Prime Minister, adding that such statements were intended to undermine the company.

The Prime Minister's office said the reports amounted to "political sabotage", adding that the said that the criminal leaking of documents, doctoring and extortion had taken place to "mislead the media and public".