KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Supreme Council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said he had told Najib Razak to resolve the 1MDB issue in the past but the former prime minister did not heed his advice.
“As a party member and Supreme Council member, I felt it was my duty to tell Najib at a council meeting to take action against the 1MDB management and board of directors as, based on the reports we received, many of the company’s transactions did not follow the rules,” he said at the Parliament lobby.
Tajuddin, who is the Pasir Salak MP, also said he believed controversial businessman, Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, a central figure in the 1MDB scandal, had been lying to the previous administration since 2016 on the matter.
He said based on information received, Jho Low was a “main player” and that he believed “certain people”, Jho Low and 1MDB’s management were involved in fraud.
Earlier today, Najib in an interview, admitted the administration he led was fooled by Jho Low, and that his relationship with the businessman was purely on a professional basis.
Tajuddin said that he had asked Najib to quickly investigate the 1MDB issue as he feared it would affect Umno and Barisan Nasional.
“I still remember my words then, that if we wait too long, our party will face trust issues among the people. Umno members didn’t know about what really happened in 1MDB. Ask the division and branch chiefs, and regular members, they all didn’t know.”
Now, Tajuddin said, the Pakatan Harapan-led government must do its best to track down Jho Low.
He said the majority of Umno members also wanted Jho Low to be brought to justice.
“We must resolve this issue, action must be taken against those who were responsible for this. Hishammuddin Hussein said he can help, let him,” he said, alluding to the offer made by the former defence minister to assist in finding Jho Low.