A-G gives evidence of changes made in 1MDB audit report

Auditor-General Madinah Mohamad gave evidence today to the Public Accounts Committee probing alleged amendments made to the 1MDB report.

KUALA LUMPUR: Auditor-General Madinah Mohamad today defended her statement that the final 1MDB audit report had been altered at the instruction of several individuals, said Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Ronald Kiandee.

“As stated in Madinah’s press statement, she has said that the 1MDB report was altered. She gave evidence showing that the audit report had been altered.

“However, I cannot disclose her evidence,” he told reporters at Parliament today.

“Today, we have also been given several new names. We will call them up.

“Today’s proceedings were satisfactory,” he said, giving the assurance that PAC would investigate whether the report was really tampered with.

On Nov 24, Madinah issued a statement alleging that the audit report had been tampered with on the orders of several individuals, including former prime minister Najib Razak; his former confidential secretary Shukry Salleh; former chief secretary to the government Ali Hamsa; former auditor-general Ambrin Buang; and former 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy.

Madinah was reported to have said that the report was altered by dropping two important items, namely the presence of businessman Low Taek Jho, or Jho Low, at a 1MDB board of directors meeting; as well as a paragraph containing two versions of the 1MDB financial statement for the year ending 2014.

Aside from PAC, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has also commenced investigations into the claim by calling several witnesses to assist in its investigations.

Kiandee also said that the PAC did not see a need to recall Madinah for another statement, and that tomorrow would be the last day of investigations into the case for this month.

“Tomorrow, we will call the former government audit sector director Saadatul Nafisah Bashir Ahmad. After that, the probe continues in January.

“In February, we hope to draw up a summary of the case we are investigating,” he said.

When met, Madinah declined to comment on whether Najib’s office had ordered her to alter the audit report.

“I have already given my statement to PAC. So it is up to PAC and its chairman to inform you.

“We have also submitted proof to the PAC. So it is best for him to disclose the information to the media,” she said.

When asked on media reports claiming that Ambrin had told the PAC that the 1MDB audit report that she exposed was a mere draft, Madinah said: “I did not get any information on Ambrin’s statement. I have already made known my views and thoughts to the PAC. I have also submitted documents to the PAC.”

When asked on the same matter, Kiandee said PAC would look into explanations given by all quarters before drawing a conclusion.

He was reported as saying yesterday that PAC would call Arul Kanda and at least three other individuals to be investigated on claims that the report was tampered with, after taking Ambrin’s statement.

PAC will also be questioning former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali, Ali Hamsa and former MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad.

PAC’s probe is focused on confirming whether there were indeed alterations made to the report, as alleged.