COMMENT | The statement by Swiss MP Carlo Sommaruga’s party on the restitution of 1MDB-linked funds seized by the Swiss government speaks volumes about the impression that the international community has of the Malaysian government under the current leadership of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Whereas in the past, the international community had called Dr Mahathir Mohamad “recalcitrant” or a Malaysian maverick, it was only an attack on an individual. Dr Mahathir has since turned on a new leaf, and he has regained our respect.
But, these latest comments from the Swiss should wake us up.
It is now the entire government that has been called into question, and as a Malaysian, I am in full agreement with Peter Hug, the international secretary of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland, who said that the funds, if returned, would be channelled through Malaysian NGOs to "guarantee the corruption-free financing of programmes for public interest"...