Opposition politician to be probed for alleging Malaysia police silence 1MDB whistleblowers

Malaysian Police Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar said investigations into 1MDB are being carried out by the police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Bank Negara and the Attorney-General's Chambers.
Malaysian Police Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar said investigations into 1MDB are being carried out by the police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Bank Negara and the Attorney-General's Chambers.PHOTO: EPA

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) politician Mahfuz Omar will be investigated for alleging that the police were being used as a tool to silence those seeking to expose alleged mismanagement of funds involving 1Malaysia Investment Bhd (1MDB).

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the police took these allegations very seriously.

"Mahfuz should know that investigations into 1MDB are being carried out by the police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Bank Negara and the Attorney-General's Chambers.

"He should also be aware that investigations are still ongoing and all agencies involved are still carrying out their responsibilities," he said in a statement late on Sunday (Sept 20).

Tan Sri Khalid was referring to the Pokok Sena MP's allegations that Prime Minister Najib Razak had used the police force to arrest sacked Umno grassroots leader Khairuddin Abu Hassan.

"Khairuddin, the former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chairman, has lodged a police report on this matter.

"He should also allow local enforcement authorities the time and space to conduct investigations. Instead, he chose to go through the legal systems of Hong Kong, France and the United States with the intention to put international pressure on Malaysia," Mr Khalid said.

He said this clearly was an act to challenge the Malaysian legal system by inviting foreign involvement in the democratic system of Malaysia.

"His actions are a form of sabotage that could threaten the economic stability and sovereignty of Malaysia. 

"The police will conduct a detailed investigation on allegations that information provided by Khairuddin to foreign agencies are false," he said.

It was reported that Mr Khairuddin was remanded for six days in connection with activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

He was arrested by the police at his house in Mont Kiara late on Friday and taken to the Dang Wangi police headquarters.

He had lodged two police reports against 1MDB and was travelling abroad to submit evidence to foreign authorities probing the government investment arm.

Mr Khairuddin lodged police reports on 1MDB in Singapore, Switzerland, France and Hong Kong.

He was sacked from his position in February following his reports against 1MDB.