Malaysia's 1MDB files police report over leaking of information

Signage for 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
Signage for 1Malaysia Development Bhd. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has filed a police report against parties suspected to have leaked or sold confidential or proprietary information.

"The Sarawak Report's blatant admission of having obtained confidential documents from Bank Negara Malaysia follows open admissions by international publication Wall Street Journal that it too has viewed documents relating to a 'government probe' on 1MDB and had access to transcripts of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee proceedings and the interim Auditor-General's draft report on 1MDB," said 1MDB in a statement on Monday (Oct 12).

The government investment body said, despite these admissions, "no action has been taken against parties who have published the said documents, nor against the parties leaking them in contravention of the law".

It said this was the reason why it lodged the police report.

"It is our belief, that such actions were taken with one or more malicious intents and may have breached Malaysian laws, including the Penal Code, the Official Secrets Act 1972, the Houses of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952 and the Standing Orders of the Dewan Rakyat of Malaysia," it said.

"We have full faith and confidence in the investigative ability and professionalism of the lawful authorities to take all actions required to uphold the laws of Malaysia," it said.

1MDB said that the Sarawak Report carried an article with what appear to be authentic 1MDB Board meeting minutes .

"For the second time in as many days, Sarawak Report - a foreign-run online blog that is currently blocked in Malaysia for publishing stolen and forged materials - has carried an article with what appear to be authentic 1MDB Board meeting minutes.

"We note with concern that this follows previous statements by Sarawak Report acknowledging that it has obtained documents from Bank Negara investigations," said 1MDB.