Singaporean legal officer in 1MDB probe faces deportation

Men walking past a 1MDB billboard at the funds flagship Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Men walking past a 1MDB billboard at the funds flagship Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA - A Singaporean legal officer involved in the probe into state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), whose services were terminated by the Attorney-General's Chambers last week, is now faced with a deportation order.

Jessica Gurmeet Kaur had her permanent residence status revoked and officers, presumably from the immigration department, were on Thursday looking to serve the deportation order on her, The Star Online reported. She was, however, not at home.

Sources told The Malaysian Insider that the residency permits of Ms Kaur's children were also cancelled.

She was arrested on Aug 1 along with former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) adviser, Tan Sri Rashpal Singh, in connection with leaks in the 1MDB probe. They were later released on bail after police recorded their statements.

Ms Kaur headed the special task force secretariat, administration and finance department. The task force was established to probe into 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion (S$889 million) channelled into Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal bank accounts.

It is learnt that Ms Kaur's bail was also revoked last week, according to The Star Online.

The Malaysian Insider quoted an unnamed lawyer as saying: "I am surprised by the turn of events and expected the Malaysian authorities to keep her here as she has a lot of confidential information."

He said the Singaporean would not be subject to Malaysian law such as the Official Secrets Act once out of the country.

"We will have to wait and see what happens after this," he added.

Mr Najib is facing calls for him to resign largely because of the alleged mismanagement of 1MDB - which racked up RM42 billion (S$ 14.3 billion) in debts in its first five years of operation - and scrutiny over funds transferred to his accounts.