1MDB sleuths offered S$1m to go silent, say sources

Barisan Nasional MP was hand-picked to get senior investigators to drop probe, they claim

File photo showing a construction worker walking in front of a 1MDB billboard in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
File photo showing a construction worker walking in front of a 1MDB billboard in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.PHOTO: REUTERS

Senior investigators who were axed in 2015 for pursuing mismanagement at state fund 1MDB were offered at least RM3 million (S$1 million) each to go silent, sources say.

They told The Straits Times that a Barisan Nasional MP was personally chosen and tasked to negotiate with the investigators in a bid to drop the probe. The MP is known for getting things done for top-level officials in the previous government, claimed one source.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2018, with the headline '1MDB sleuths offered $1m to go silent, say sources'. Print Edition | Subscribe