Bukit Aman takes over probe on MP’s ‘MO1' remark
The Bukit Aman federal police headquarters is now investigating Umno lawmaker Nawawi Ahmad’s for linking ‘Malaysian Official 1' with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Facebook.
Kedah police chief Zamri Yahya said the state police was initially investigating the matter and had received more than 10 reports.
“Since there were numerous reports, Bukit Aman has taken over the case to facilitate further action.
“Based on initial investigations, Nawawi claimed his remarks were manipulated.
“But we will leave it to Bukit Aman to investigate and record his statement,” he was quoted as saying by Berita Harian.
Yesterday, the Langkawi MP expressed regret over the matter and apologised to the Agong.
He also promised to be more careful when making statements on social media in the future.
"So with humility and full responsibility, I convey a million apologies to Your Majesty if this issue which became viral had caused hurt to Your Majesty.
“I do not intend to link Your Majesty to this issue, but it had been made viral by certain parties with a different understanding from what I was trying to say,” he had said.
The MO1 is an individual alleged by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to have received at least US$731 million out of US$3.5 billion that was supposedly misappropriated from 1MDB.
The department said it is barred by court rules from naming the official in its civil forfeiture proceedings, but this has only fuelled speculation about MO1's identity.
However, Nawawi supposedly claimed in an Aug 16 Facebook post that MO1 is none other than the Agong, since His Majesty is the country's head of state.
The Facebook post was edited to remove the reference to the Agong four hours later, but not before drawing criticism.
The Majlis Kerabat Diraja Kedah also ticked off Nawawi, saying that he should not have dragged the royal institution into the matter.