Malaysia's Public Accounts Committee to question initial findings on 1MDB

PAC chairman Nur Jazlan Mohamed said that the bipartisan committee would ask the AG about the scope of the audit, whether it was limited or restricted and on whether the witnesses were cooperative.
PAC chairman Nur Jazlan Mohamed said that the bipartisan committee would ask the AG about the scope of the audit, whether it was limited or restricted and on whether the witnesses were cooperative. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has set aside two days to question Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang over his initial findings on state investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

The interim audit report will be presented to the PAC on Thursday. A PAC official said a briefing would be given during the meeting and then the committee members would be free to ask their questions. The entire committee was expected to attend, he said.

"The session will begin at 10am and last till 4pm.

"If there is not enough time for questions, the PAC will continue the meeting on Friday," the official said.

Last Thursday, PAC chairman Nur Jazlan Mohamed said that the bipartisan committee would ask the AG about the scope of the audit, whether it was limited or restricted and on whether the witnesses were cooperative.

All information provided by the AG will be used when questioning 1MDB chief executives and board of directors early next month, he said.

Nur Jazlan also said that it was up to the AG to decide whether the interim report's findings would be revealed to Members of Parliament and the public.

A more comprehensive report is expected later in the year.

Thursday's briefing comes amid an uproar over a Wall Street Journal article on July 3 alleging that US$700 million (S$947 million) in state funds had been transferred into the personal accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak through government agencies and companies linked to 1MDB.