Who else could ‘Malaysian Official 1’ be?

Opinion  |  Kee Thuan Chye
Published:  |  Modified:

The revelations of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the illegal siphoning of funds from 1MDB shatters to smithereens all the denials that have been made by 1MDB itself, the Malaysian attorney-general (AG) and the Malaysian government.

The DOJ’s findings confirm the asininity of the statements made by Malaysian public officials ever since the scandal broke to staunchly defend 1MDB and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. Even now cabinet minister Salleh Said Keruak insists idiotically that the RM2.6 billion “donation” to Najib is a separate matter, and maintains that it came from the Saudi Arabia royal family.

But who believes that any more?

Sarawak Report and Wall Street Journal have been telling us for the longest time that the RM2.6 billion actually came from 1MDB through a shell company, but the Malaysian government has been refuting that. Now the DOJ confirms that it’s so.

It tells us that US$731 million siphoned out of 1MDB went into the bank account of ‘Malaysian Official 1’ - US$20 million from Good Star Limited via a Saudi prince in 2011; US$30 million from Aabar Investments PJS Ltd (British Virgin Islands) in 2012; and a whopping US$681 million from Tanore Finance Corporation in 2013.

Who, do you think, is ‘Malaysian Official 1’?

The DOJ does not name him in its civil suit to seize the assets involved in money laundering in the US, but it says that the AG of Malaysia conducted an inquiry into the US$681 million payment and confirmed that the money was transferred into the personal account of Malaysian Official 1 between Aug 22, 2013, and April 10, 2013.

Isn’t that Najib?

The DOJ also said the Malaysian AG declared that in August 2013, US$620 million was returned by Malaysian Official 1. It added: “The Malaysian Attorney-General ultimately characterised the payment of US$681 million as a ‘personal donation to Malaysian Official 1 from the Saudi royal family’.”

For crying out loud, it has to be Najib...

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