MO1: Nawawi says he has been misunderstood

Langkawi MP Nawawi Ahmad

PETALING JAYA: Langkawi MP Nawawi Ahmad today denied linking the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to the Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) named in the US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) report.

Speaking to FMT, Nawawi said he was merely providing his own interpretation of the Federal Constitution which stated that the country’s number one leader is the Agong.

“I did not say that the MO1 mentioned by the DoJ was the Agong. I know he is not involved with 1MDB.

“I was just providing a definition of who the Constitution says is Malaysia’s real MO1 which according to Article 32 is the Agong. Again, I wasn’t talking about MO1 in the context of the DoJ report.

“So I am of the opinion that it is wrong for anyone to say that Malaysian official number one is someone else, but I did not in any way link the Agong to the DoJ report.”

Nawawi had courted controversy after a Facebook comment he posted on Tuesday went viral. In it, he had allegedly stated that based on the Constitution, Prime Minister Najib Razak is not the MO1, but instead he is either the MO2, MO3, or MO4.

Calls urging Nawawi to issue an immediate public apology to the Agong came soon after. Former Umno member Anina Saadudin, along with three others, had also lodged a police report over his remark which they claimed had insulted the royal institution.

To this, Nawawi, who was on his way back from Indonesia, said his statement was intentionally twisted. He plans to lodge a counter police report against those who had slandered him.

“I will make a police report either today or tomorrow, saying I was unfairly accused of linking the Agong to the MO1 mentioned by the DoJ.”

The DoJ in its report last month, claimed that an unnamed MO1 had allegedly received US$731 million of swindled 1MDB funds.

According to the details provided by the DoJ, MO1 is a “high-ranking official in the Malaysian government who also held a position of authority with 1MDB”, and that the individual was a relative of Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz.