MACC to probe removal of Jho Low’s name from 1MDB audit report

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has launched an investigation into a claim that an audit report on 1MDB had been tampered with.

MACC said it was now studying original documents produced by the National Audit Department, following a claim by Auditor-General Madinah Mohamad that an aide to former prime minister Najib Razak had instructed her office to remove a paragraph mentioning controversial businessman Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low.

“MACC will summon several witnesses in the near future to record their statements and facilitate investigations,” it said in a statement.

Madinah said the directive to fiddle with the audit report came from Najib’s private secretary during a meeting with the 1MDB board of directors, on the grounds that the information was “sensitive”.

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

The aide had allegedly issued the directive on Feb 26, 2016.