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Don’t be too pushy, Penang Umno tells Dr M

 | April 13, 2015

Its chairman says Mahathir Mohamad should be patient and allow investigations on 1MDB to be completed first before launching public attacks on the PM.

Datuk-Zainal-Abidin-Osman_Mahathir_1mdb_600GEORGE TOWN: Penang Umno has urged the Auditor-General and Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to expedite their investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) many questionable investments.

Its chairman Zainal Abidin Osman also appealed to Dr Mahathir Mohamad to refrain from being too pushy about the investigations into 1MDB and said, “Tun Dr Mahathir should be patient and allow the investigations to be completed first.”

Speaking to reporters at a press conference in the state Umno office here today, Zainal said it was normal for Umno divisions to have differences of opinions with the party’s top leadership but that they should not criticise the leadership publicly. “We will exhaust proper party avenues to air our views and get things done.”

“Difference of opinions and views can always be resolved though internal discussions as Najib had always been open to suggestions, ideas and proposals,” added Zainal.

He was referring to public attacks by the country’s former premier on Najib Razak regarding IMDB’s financial management.

Zainal also told the press today that all 13 Penang Umno division leaders had pledged their unanimous support and confidence in Najib as party president and prime minister and said, “We want to voice our full support for Najib. But we will not blindly support him. This is why we want the investigations to be completed soon.”

They said that all relevant authorities including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) and police, should take immediate action if investigations found either discrepancies or elements of breach of trust or even fraud in the government-linked company (GLC).


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