Malaysia prime minister named as key figure in 1MDB scandal

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Malaysian Official 1Senior Malaysian government minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan confirmed in a TV interview with BBC that the mysterious unnamed “Malaysian Official 1” linked by US investigators to the corruption scandal surrounding state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad is indeed Prime Minister Najib Razak.

In July, a lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to seize assets bought with more than $3.5 billion it says was stolen from the national wealth fund alleged “Malaysian Official 1” received some $681 million of the money, though returned “most of it.”

Dahlan, who also is communications director for the Prime Minister’s ruling coalition, did not address whether his leader committed wrongdoing, but he insisted Najib was not a target of the US lawsuit.

“I’ve said it openly. Obviously, if you read the documents, people say it is the prime minister,” Dahlan said.

“But when I have been asked this question, I always ask back: Why didn’t the DOJ name him by his proper name? That reason is because he is not part of this investigation.

“It is not about him. It is about a bunch of people who have been named… and the Department of Justice will take this to the courts, and let the courts decide.”

Najib himself, who launched a crackdown last year to contain the spiraling scandal, has so far not commented on the revelation but denied any wrongdoing.

Malaysia’s opposition repeatedly said Najib must immediately submit to justice to avoid further harming Malaysia’s image. Recently, students rallied in Kuala Lumpur to demand the same. Analysts warn the scandal could harm foreign investment in Malaysia, but political experts see no sign yet that he will be ousted before the next elections, due by mid-2018, due to his long-ruling coalition’s firm control.

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Senior Malaysian government minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan confirmed in a TV interview with BBC that the mysterious unnamed “Malaysian Official 1” linked by US investigators to the corruption scandal surrounding state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad is indeed Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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Malaysian Official 1Senior Malaysian government minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan confirmed in a TV interview with BBC that the mysterious unnamed “Malaysian Official 1” linked by US investigators to the corruption scandal surrounding state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad is indeed Prime Minister Najib Razak.

In July, a lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to seize assets bought with more than $3.5 billion it says was stolen from the national wealth fund alleged “Malaysian Official 1” received some $681 million of the money, though returned “most of it.”

Dahlan, who also is communications director for the Prime Minister’s ruling coalition, did not address whether his leader committed wrongdoing, but he insisted Najib was not a target of the US lawsuit.

“I’ve said it openly. Obviously, if you read the documents, people say it is the prime minister,” Dahlan said.

“But when I have been asked this question, I always ask back: Why didn’t the DOJ name him by his proper name? That reason is because he is not part of this investigation.

“It is not about him. It is about a bunch of people who have been named… and the Department of Justice will take this to the courts, and let the courts decide.”

Najib himself, who launched a crackdown last year to contain the spiraling scandal, has so far not commented on the revelation but denied any wrongdoing.

Malaysia’s opposition repeatedly said Najib must immediately submit to justice to avoid further harming Malaysia’s image. Recently, students rallied in Kuala Lumpur to demand the same. Analysts warn the scandal could harm foreign investment in Malaysia, but political experts see no sign yet that he will be ousted before the next elections, due by mid-2018, due to his long-ruling coalition’s firm control.

See what Tun Mahathir had to say in a recent interview with us on 1MBD

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