‘Malaysia Official 1’ takes social media by storm

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Malaysian Official _1The US Department of Justice’s mentioning of an “Malaysian Official 1” in its $1-billion lawsuits over funds linked to Malaysia’s state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has caused the hashtag #MalaysianOfficial1 trending on social media in Malaysia, particularly on Twitter.

The US authorities referred to “Malaysian Official 1” a total of 32 times in the lawsuits, but stopped short of naming the individual who is thought to be Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak. They, however, clearly named Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz, Jho Low and two Abu Dhabi officials of having been involved in misappropriation of 1MDB funds.

Twitter users in Malaysia speculated who “Malaysian Official 1” could be, some posting cheeky messages about “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.” But many conceded is was not hard to guess who it actually is.

Malysia Official1 DiagrammeNajib’s arch-foe Mahathir Mohamad, former long-time Malaysian prime minister, in a Facebook message said that it’s not him.

“I am not Malaysian Official 1,” he says in a posted video clip. “I think, who is, you can decide from the description of ‘Malaysian Official 1’ found in the report by the Justice Department in America.”

Meanwhile, Najib commented on the US lawsuits and said that “judgment should be withheld” until all the facts in the case are known. He reiterated that he has not done anything wrong, said that the US lawsuits were “a civil, not a criminal, procedure.”

He added: “And we don’t want to come to any conclusions until that process is done. We have to establish the facts first. I want to say categorically that we are serious about good governance.”

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The US Department of Justice's mentioning of an "Malaysian Official 1" in its $1-billion lawsuits over funds linked to Malaysia's state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has caused the hashtag #MalaysianOfficial1 trending on social media in Malaysia, particularly on Twitter. The US authorities referred to "Malaysian Official 1" a total of 32 times in the lawsuits, but stopped short of naming the individual who is thought to be Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak. They, however, clearly named Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz, Jho Low and two Abu Dhabi officials of having been involved in misappropriation of 1MDB funds. Twitter users in...

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Malaysian Official _1The US Department of Justice’s mentioning of an “Malaysian Official 1” in its $1-billion lawsuits over funds linked to Malaysia’s state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has caused the hashtag #MalaysianOfficial1 trending on social media in Malaysia, particularly on Twitter.

The US authorities referred to “Malaysian Official 1” a total of 32 times in the lawsuits, but stopped short of naming the individual who is thought to be Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak. They, however, clearly named Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz, Jho Low and two Abu Dhabi officials of having been involved in misappropriation of 1MDB funds.

Twitter users in Malaysia speculated who “Malaysian Official 1” could be, some posting cheeky messages about “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.” But many conceded is was not hard to guess who it actually is.

Malysia Official1 DiagrammeNajib’s arch-foe Mahathir Mohamad, former long-time Malaysian prime minister, in a Facebook message said that it’s not him.

“I am not Malaysian Official 1,” he says in a posted video clip. “I think, who is, you can decide from the description of ‘Malaysian Official 1’ found in the report by the Justice Department in America.”

Meanwhile, Najib commented on the US lawsuits and said that “judgment should be withheld” until all the facts in the case are known. He reiterated that he has not done anything wrong, said that the US lawsuits were “a civil, not a criminal, procedure.”

He added: “And we don’t want to come to any conclusions until that process is done. We have to establish the facts first. I want to say categorically that we are serious about good governance.”

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