Strictest action to be taken against those guilty of wrongdoing in 1MDB probe: Malaysia's PM Najib

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during the Global Transformation Forum at the KL Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Oct 21, 2015.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during the Global Transformation Forum at the KL Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Oct 21, 2015.PHOTO: EPA

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) -Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has promised that the "strictest action" would be taken against anyone found guilty of wrongdoing in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) investigations.

"Rather than conduct a trial by media, we must wait for the outcome of these investigations, and if any evidence of wrongdoing is found, I can assure you that the strictest action will be taken against those responsible," he said in his opening remarks at the Global Transformation Forum (GTF2015) on Wednesday (Oct 21).

Datuk Seri Najib added that there were a number of investigations - some in Malaysia, which he himself had ordered - and others by international authorities, which he welcomed.

"1MDB is in the midst of implementing a rationalisation plan which, if allowed to continue unimpeded, will allow the company to pay off its outstanding debt and resolve the cash flow issues it is currently facing," he said.

Meanwhile, a motion to suspend Democratic Action Party chief supremo Lim Kit Siang, over remarks he made over the 1MDB probe, is expected to be tabled in Parliament on Wednesday.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Azalina Othman said she would table the motion later in the evening.

"The motion is ready and it has been signed," Datuk Seri Azalina told reporters on Wednesday.

The motion has been sent to Parliament Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia's office, who has the prerogative to approve it.

On Monday, Mr Lim accused Tan Sri Pandikar of abusing his power when he temporarily suspended the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) probe into the 1MDB.

On Tuesday, Mr Pandikar had ordered Mr Lim to retract and apologise for his allegations or face suspension.

Datuk Seri Azalina also said there were no travel restrictions placed on Mr Najib, even with ongoing probes by international agencies into 1MDB.

Efforts by several parties to get the international agencies to probe the fund "will not affect the Prime Minister's duties which demand him to make overseas trips", she added.

"They are politically motivated to tarnish the image of the Prime Minister and affect confidence in the government as well as foreign investors of the country's stability," she said in a written reply to DAP MP Ng Wei Aik.

Mr Ng had asked if Mr Najib was facing problems travelling overseas, should more countries investigate 1MDB.

He also asked to specify if there were any countries that Mr Najib was not permitted to visit, if any.