‘Stop politi­cis­ing 1MDB’

> Cer­tain quar­ters feed­ing for­eign par­ties false in­for­ma­tion, says Na­jib

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak said the 1Malaysia Devel­op­ment Ber­had (1MDB) is­sue has be­come highly politi­cised, with cer­tain quar­ters in Malaysia at­tempt­ing to ex­ploit it for their per­sonal po­lit­i­cal ben­e­fit.

He said they had been “feed­ing for­eign au­thor­i­ties with false or in­com­plete in­for­ma­tion”.

“Those out­side Malaysia can­not al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate th­ese com­plex­i­ties, but it is some­thing they should bear in mind to avoid be­com­ing en­tan­gled in what has be­come a do­mes­tic po­lit­i­cal mat­ter,” he said in a writ­ten in­ter­view with Nikkei Asian Re­view ahead of his three-day of­fi­cial visit to Ja­pan that be­gan yes­ter­day.

The visit is at the in­vi­ta­tion of his Ja­panese coun­ter­part, Shinzo Abe.

Na­jib said Malaysian au­thor­i­ties had led the way in investigations into 1MDB, and it was he who first in­structed mul­ti­ple au­thor­i­ties in Malaysia to con­duct investigations, Ber­nama re­ported.

“For ex­am­ple, the com­pany has been the sub­ject of investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, the au­di­tor­gen­eral, po­lice and the bi­par­ti­san par­lia­men­tary Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee, which in­cludes Op­po­si­tion politi­cians,” he said.

On for­eign gov­ern­ments in­ves­ti­gat­ing mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds re­lated to 1MDB and whether he con­sid­ered that to be in­ter­fer­ence and if Malaysia would re­open its own probe, Na­jib said he had al­ways made it clear that full co­op­er­a­tion should be ex­tended to any in­ves­ti­ga­tion, pro­vided it was in ac­cor­dance with the laws of Malaysia.

“As I have con­sis­tently stated, if any wrong­do­ing is proven, the law will be en­forced with­out ex­cep­tion.”

On his visit to Ja­pan, Na­jib said he and Abe would dis­cuss bi­lat­eral mat­ters and is­sues of re­gional and in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance.

He will also meet with min­is­ters in charge of var­i­ous de­part­ments, in­clud­ing land, in­fra­struc­ture, trans­port and tourism and the business com­mu­nity.

Na­jib said Malaysia and Ja­pan are in the sec­ond phase of the “Look East Pol­icy”, and “in line with that, we will con­tinue to en­hance in­sti­tu­tional co­op­er­a­tion be­tween our two coun­tries”.

“In par­tic­u­lar, I am com­mit­ted to in­creas­ing trade and in­vest­ment flows, specif­i­cally in ar­eas such as in­no­va­tion and cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy, high-tech skills and ser­vices devel­op­ment, and re­new­able en­ergy.”

He said Ja­pan has led the way in many of th­ese sec­tors, and Malaysia is keen to learn from the coun­try and co­op­er­ate with it in th­ese ar­eas.

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