KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Former director-general of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid will make a police report over news articles that claimed she had sent a letter to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
In a statement yesterday, Datuk Hasanah said she was advised by her lawyers to lodge a report over the matter.
"I will also hold a press conference to explain the real situation," she said through her lawyer Datuk Shaharudin Ali on Friday (July 27).
Several screenshots of the purported letter were made viral recently, in which Datuk Hasanah allegedly wrote to CIA director Gina Haspel pitching former prime minister Najib Razak as a United States ally.
The letter was allegedly written on May 4, just a week before the 14th General Election.
Najib has declined to confirm or deny the existence of the letter asking the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to support his Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.
The existence of the letter was first reported last week by Malaysiakini, with officials from the new Pakatan Harapan government saying they wanted investigations into the missive.
There have also been calls by those outside government to probe the veracity of the letter, with claims that asking a foreign government to intervene in Malaysia's political affairs is tantamount to treason.
A picture of the contents of the letter has gone viral on social media.
The letter appealed for US support for the Najib administration "even if we win the election by a simple majority or just one seat".
"I hope Your Excellency's esteemed service would be able to report to the secretary of state on the complexity of managing this election by Prime Minister Najib and the need to have US support for the present government even if we are to win the election by a simple majority or just one seat."