Pua slams A-G, PAC chief for not reopening 1MDB probe


PETALING JAYA: Tony Pua says it is not surprising to learn that Auditor-General Madinah Mohamad and Public Accounts Committee chairman Hasan Arifin have decided against pursuing investigations and conducting an audit on 1MDB.

The DAP national publicity secretary said Malaysians were especially aghast with the decision, bearing in mind the latest revelations by the United States Department of Justice (US DoJ).

The civil suit filed by the DoJ in California in June, seeks to seize assets, including art works, jewellery, a yacht worth US$165 million, and film rights, all said to have been purchased with funds allegedly embezzled from 1MDB.

“With the scale of new explosive details of the scandal surfacing, any God-fearing and responsible auditor-general or PAC chairman would have demanded a re-opening of their investigations.

“While the PAC had a meeting yesterday to receive the latest Auditor-General’s Report, there was no discussion of pursuing the 1MDB investigations. Instead, Hasan Arifin told the media that the PAC will not re-open the case,” Pua said in a statement.

The Petaling Jaya Utara MP also criticised Madinah Mohamad, who was appointed A-G in February this year, for saying her department would only look into 1MDB “if we receive instructions from the Cabinet”.

Pua pointed to the fact that Madinah’s appointment as A-G came under heavy criticism last February, as she is the wife of Kepong Umno division chief Rizuan Abdul Hamid.

“These top officials have betrayed the interest of the rakyat and are traitors to their race, religion and nation,” Pua said.

“If they have an iota of honour left in them, they should resign from their positions and let others who have the interest of Malaysians at heart, take over these posts.”