PETALING JAYA: In the spirit of honesty and decency during AidilFitri, said Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua in a statement, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak must immediately instruct for the declassification of the Auditor-General’s ((A-G) Report on 1MDB. “It was never meant to be permanently classified.”
If Najib has nothing to hide and insists the Sarawak Report (SR) has once again falsified documents and doctored them, in this case the A-G’s Report, then making public the “real” Report will once and for all destroy SR’s credibility, added Pua.
Pua was commenting on SR providing the people with “the best Aidil Fitri present”.
It appears that SR has successfully procured the classified A-G’s Report on 1MDB with the relevant accompanying documents, continued Pua.
He conceded that it was a feat that even he could not achieve. “The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Hasan Arifin ruled that even PAC members could not retain a copy of the document.”
This was despite the fact that PAC members had been specifically cleared to access the Report, lamented the MP. “I could only read the Report during the PAC meetings or upon request at the Parliamentary office.”
What’s important however, isn’t the feat itself, said Pua. “It’s the fact that the whole wide world can now confirm what was speculated earlier as the real reason why the A-G’s Report had not been declassified and presented to Parliament.”
The A-G’s comments on the “fishy tales” and documents supplied by 1MDB, agreed Pua, was even more damning than the already damning PAC Report on the 1MDB investigations.
For example, he said, 1MDB made payments to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Incorporated Aabar Investment PJS Limited amounting to USD1.15 billion between May to November 2014. These, recalled Pua, were originally explained to the A-G as compensation payments for the termination of options granted to Aabar.
However, much later, after it was exposed that they had separately made another payment of USD993 million for the same purpose in November 2014, noted the MP, 1MDB changed their tune and claimed the USD1.15 billion was meant for a separate “top-up security” deposit to Aabar. “1MDB even got its Board of Directors to retrospectively approve the USD1.15 billion ‘top-up security’ payment one year later in November 2015.”
This was despite the fact that Arul Kanda, as the Chief Executive of 1MDB, would have already received notification from International Petroleum Investment Corporation (IPIC) and its subsidiary, Aabar Investment PJS of Abu Dhabi in July 2015, that the BVI-incorporated Aabar was unrelated to them, said Pua. “It was a fictitious entity.”