Human rights group Proham has urged the setting up of a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to thoroughly and transparently investigate Prime Minister Najib report on 1MDB funds.
Proham chairperson Kuthubul Zaman Bukhari said the allegations that a huge amount of money in United States currency was deposited in Prime Minister Najib’s personal account had shocked the nation.
“It is of utmost importance that this matter be urgently, thoroughly and with transparency be investigated by an independent RCI to restore public confidence in the office of the PM and finance minister.
“Proham is of the opinion that during this period of investigation, Najib should relinquish all duties and responsibilities pertaining to the Finance Ministry and 1MDB, so as to facilitate investigations,” Kuthubul ( photo ) said in a statement.
He added that the cabinet should view seriously the allegations made and their serious implications.
“Hence, it (the cabinet) should ensure that truth is revealed for the good of the nation,” he said.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and Sarawak Report in their reports said US$700 million was deposited into Najib’s personal account in Ambank sometime in March 2013, before the 13th general election.
Najib has somewhat denied the allegation , saying he would not betray the nation, and he also threatened to sue WSJ.
WSJ has defended its report, saying it is solid as it was based on a government investigation and Najib had seen it (the report) himself.