Singapore legal officer in 1MDB probe sacked based on contract terms: Malaysia Attorney-General

Men walking past the 1MDB billboard.
Men walking past the 1MDB billboard.PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali said the work contract of Singaporean legal officer Jessica Gurmeet Kaur, who was involved in the probe of state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), has been terminated in accordance with her terms of service.

"Jessica Kaur was a contract officer and her contract of service was terminated as per the terms of the contract.

"That is all I can say at the moment. No further comment," Apandi said when contacted.

News of Ms Kaur's sacking from the Attorney-General's Chambers has created a buzz from Thursday night after sources familiar with her revealed that she had been sacked suddenly.

Asked whether she is in Singapore now, the sources said it was better to keep Ms Kaur in Malaysia because "if she is in Singapore, all hell will break loose".

A lawyer has noted that the Singaporean would not be subjected to preventive Malaysian laws such as the Official Secrets Act once she is out of the country.

Ms Kaur and her lawyers are expected to apply for a judicial review with a tell-all affidavit on why the authorities are bent on terminating her work contract at the Chambers and revoke her permanent residency (PR).

The judicial review will challenge her sacking, summary cancellation of her PR and alleged forced deportation from Malaysia.

Ms Kaur has been living in Malaysia for over 20 years before the sudden turn of events, which started with investigations by the authorities on her and former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) adviser Rashpal Singh over a purported leak in relation to a charge sheet.

Ms Kaur was then the head of administration and finance at the Chambers and was also attached to the Special Task Force investigating various financial cases.

The Task Force was established to probe into 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion (S$879 million) channelled into Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal bank accounts. The group was disbanded after the recent Cabinet reshuffle.

Ms Kaur and Mr Singh were released by police on bail after their statements had been recorded.

Her bail is said to have been revoked last week.

On Thursday night, photos of immigration personnel waiting outside a condominium in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, where Ms Kaur had been staying, were circulated on the Internet.