Cops urged to probe Najib’s ex-aide over 1MDB report tampering

Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah says the authorities must investigate the claims.

SHAH ALAM: PKR’s Maria Chin Abdullah has urged authorities to investigate Najib Razak’s former principal private secretary following revelations by the Audit Department that he had tampered with its report on 1MDB.

The Petaling Jaya MP said either the police or the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) ought to question the former prime minister’s principal private secretary on the matter and investigate if he did indeed ask for Low Taek Jho or Jho Low’s name to be expunged from the report on the scandal-plagued fund.

“He must explain if he did do so,” the former Bersih 2.0 chair told FMT on the sidelines of a Deepavali open house in Seri Setia today.

The electoral reform group had rallied against the state investment fund in 2016.

Earlier today, it was reported that the former principal private secretary to Najib Razak had allegedly ordered the Audit Department to remove any mention of the controversial businessman’s presence at a meeting with the 1MDB board of directors in its report.

In a statement, Auditor-General Madinah Mohamad said the directive was made on the grounds that such information was “sensitive”.

“And they wanted to prevent any distortion of facts by the opposition,” she said.

The former principal private secretary had allegedly issued the directive on Feb 26, 2016.

Meanwhile, in Penang, Dapsy international secretary Howard Lee lodged a police report over the matter and called for authorities to probe the former finance minister.

“The allegations against Najib, if found to be true, is tantamount to no less than criminal malfeasance, perversion of the course of justice, misuse and abuse of power,” the Perak youth and sports development exco said in a statement.