Is there an invisible hand in 1MDB probe?: Former Malaysian DPM


KEMAMAN - Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said people are now questioning if there is an invisible hand interfering in the investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

“What is going on with the people who are supposed to investigate 1MDB? The people want to know,” he said when opening the Kemaman Umno division meeting yesterday.

The Umno deputy president said he was unsure if the task force set up to probe 1MDB was still around.

“What has happened to the task force? I was told recently that it is no longer around. It seems like there is an invisible hand that is interfering. Is this a coincidence or is it being done on purpose?” he asked.

Muhyiddin, who was dropped as deputy prime minister in a recent reshuffle, also said it was the Cabinet that wanted the matter to be investigated and as a member, he had only supported the suggestion.

Following that suggestion, he said, a task force was formed to get to the root of the problem and bring those responsible to book.

“The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Bank Negara and the police were included in the task force. But now it seems things are not going smoothly,” he said, referring to the recent aborted transfer of two MACC directors and the questioning of a few of the commission’s senior officers by the police.

He added that he had raised questions about 1MDB and the RM2.6bil fund channelled into Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s personal account to save the Prime Minister from being accused of wrongdoings.

Reiterating that he had no ulterior motives when he raised the two issues, Muhyiddin said: “I have never questioned the PM’s prerogatives. The only thing I did was to voice my suggestions on 1MDB and the RM2.6bil fund issue.”

He said he was forced to raise the issue as the public was clamouring for answers after reports on the matters were highlighted by The Wall Street Journal.

“The people have the right to know. When they ask me, all I can say is ‘I don’t know’. They want to know where the money came from.

He said as soon as he read the report about the fund channelled into Najib’s account, he had texted the Prime Minister asking for clarification and suggested that he should act on it.

“All he did was say ‘thank you’ and that he would ask the Attorney-General to clear the air. That was all I was told,” he added.

In Kota Kinabalu, Umno vice president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said opinions and views voiced by delegates at the ongoing Umno division meetings must be given serious attention by the leadership.

He said ideas on how to strengthen the party’s struggles should be given priority.

The Semporna Umno division chief added that Umno would only remain relevant if it could effectively handle current issues, listen to the people’s concerns and prove that it was sensitive to their needs.