PKR communications chief Fahmi Fadzil has urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to sue American television host Rachel Maddow and her network MSNBC for alleging his involvement in the 1MDB scandal.
“On March 9, ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ clearly and obviously said that Najib was involved in a ‘giant act of thievery’.
“I think Najib should sue Maddow and MSNBC to defend his dignity as well as that of his wife, his family and his administration.
“Do not wait... Sue MSNBC now,” Fahmi said in a Facebook posting today.
On Friday night, in a 21-minute segment on her show, Maddow provided a detailed background on the 1MDB scandal – from the “Arab donation” to the alleged US$75 million deal between Republican donor Elliott Broidy and businessperson Jho Low.
Maddow, who made multiple references to the US Department of Justice’s 1MDB-linked forfeiture suits, as well as other news reports, claimed that Najib was involved in the misappropriation of money from 1MDB.
Najib has consistently denied using public funds for private gain, with the attorney-general clearing him of any wrongdoing.
The prime minister was first linked to the 1MDB affair through Wall Street Journal (WSJ) exposés, including a report which revealed the RM2.6 billion deposited into Najib’s personal bank accounts.
Najib had threatened to sue WSJ over the claims, which first appeared 2015, but has yet to do so.