Ex-MACC chief denies involvement in audit tampering

Dzulkifli Ahmad (centre) says at that point in time he had not even been appointed as the MACC chief.

PUTRAJAYA: Former anti-graft chief Dzulkifli Ahmad, who was questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters today, denied being involved in the alleged tampering of the final 1MDB audit report.

Speaking to reporters after spending five hours in the building, he said: “I would like to clarify some concerns that were raised, which made it seem as if I played a role in this issue as the MACC chief in February 2016.

“At that point in time, I had not even been appointed as the MACC chief.

“In February 2016, I was a law officer with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, and my involvement was that I was asked to represent the AGC as a law officer in only one meeting.”

He said the statement issued by Auditor-General Madinah Mohamad mentioned a representative of the AGC at a meeting. “That was me,” he said.

“That was my only involvement in this issue,” he added.

Dzulkifli said he was one of the last witnesses to be called in for questioning, and over 15 people were summoned by MACC before him.

He also said he had given his full statement to the MACC and would not be called in for any further questioning.

Dzulkifli had arrived at 10.24am and left the MACC headquarters at 3.30pm.

Former auditor-general Ambrin Buang was also called in to the MACC headquarters today, his second session of questioning over the audit report.

He was first questioned at the MACC last week.

Previously, A-G Madinah issued a statement claiming that the audit report on the investment fund had been amended on the orders of various individuals.

Among them were former prime minister Najib Razak and his former principal private secretary Shukry Salleh; former Chief Secretary to the Government Ali Hamsa; Ambrin and former 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy.

In a statement on Nov 24, Madinah had also said the two crucial omissions in the report were on the presence of businessman Low Taek Jho or Jho Low at a meeting of the 1MDB board of directors and a paragraph containing two versions of the 1MDB financial statement for 2014.

MACC said it had opened an investigation into the claim and would call up several witnesses to assist in the probe.