PAC, A-G to probe 1MDB scandal again

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says the new probe will allow former PM Najib Razak the opportunity to defend himself and clear his name. (Youtube screengrab)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the auditor-general (A-G) are to reopen investigations into the 1MDB controversy.

A motion tabled today was approved by the Dewan Rakyat.

MPs in the house, including those from Barisan Nasional (BN), endorsed the motion, which was read out by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng this evening.

Annuar Musa (BN-Ketereh) was among those who stood up to debate the motion. Annuar later voiced his support.

A debate on the issue lasted two hours, with former PAC chairman Hasan Ariffin (BN-Rompin) standing up to defend himself and Tony Pua (PH-Damansara), who had also been part of the committee, grilling him.

In the motion, Lim said PAC and the A-G should conduct a detailed investigation again to restore the dignity of the Dewan Rakyat and for all related information to be made public.

Lim (PH-Bagan) said it was only fair to carry out the audit and confirm the level of involvement of former prime minister Najib Razak in the scandal.

“At the same time, Najib (BN-Pekan) will also be given the opportunity to defend himself and to clear his name openly.

“Furthermore, the proposal to reinvestigate the case is an opportunity to clear Malaysia’s name, once known as a kleptocracy.

“This is an opportunity to free Malaysia from the clutches of graft, by upholding the sovereignty of the law in the country and restoring the dignity of the country in the eyes of the world,” he said.