PETALING JAYA: MP Gobind Singh Deo wants the government to send representatives to the US to follow developments after the US announced it is conducting a criminal investigation into money allegedly stolen from 1MDB to buy more than US$1 billion in real estate and other assets.
Saying the AG must urgently send representatives to participate in the probe, Gobind added:
“A full report should then be presented to the cabinet, and the government must then brief parliament on what has happened, in the next sitting of the Dewan Rakyat.”
The DAP MP told FMT: “We cannot ignore the obvious. We are now looking at a criminal investigation. That warrants urgent and immediate reaction on our part.”
Another DAP MP, Ramkarpal Singh, told FMT the US move might be over fears that disclosures in the civil case might lead to the destruction of evidence, making it difficult for the criminal case.
He said: “It looks like the DoJ has filed an application to stay or temporarily halt the civil proceedings related to 1MDB which was initiated by it on the grounds that evidence disclosed during those civil proceedings may compromise criminal investigations which are currently being carried out on 1MDB.
“Such fears include the destruction of evidence which may occur as a result of revelations in the civil proceedings which would hamper the DOJ’s criminal investigations on the matter.”
Najib should explain his role in 1MDB
Meanwhile, Batu MP Tian Chua called on Prime Minister Najib Razak to come clean on the 1MDB affair.
“That is only fair. He cannot pretend that he does not know, or say the case has nothing to do with him, as it has now become a criminal case in the US.”
He urged Najib to also explain the measures being taken to secure the assets that were being sought by the DoJ as part of its assets forfeiture action. These assets, he said, belonged to the people of Malaysia.
The PKR vice president said the US probe into assets it says were bought using money stolen from 1MDB was a criminal matter. However, the DoJ had taken a cautious and professional approach when it initially classified it as a civil suit.
“Now they have clearly established evidence that it is criminal in nature,” he added.