PETALING JAYA: The “Malaysian Official 1” named in the US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) civil suit related to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) refers to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Barisan Nasional strategic communications director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan confirmed.
Abdul Rahman confirmed this during a recent interview with BBC.
“I’ve said it openly. Obviously if you read the documents, it is the Prime Minister,” BBC quoted him as saying in an article titled Who is Malaysian Official 1? Case Closed, published on its website yesterday.
However, Abdul Rahman, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, went on to suggest that the reason Najib was not named in the DoJ report was because he was not involved in the investigation.
In a statement, Abdul Rahman said the difference between being named as the subject of a lawsuit and merely being referred to in an investigation, was black and white.
He claimed former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and his allies were trying to mix the two up.
He said after comprehensive investigations by multiple authorities, Najib has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
“So the evidence is clear. And Dr Mahathir’s smear will fail once again,” he said.