MACC rubbishes Malaysia Today's allegations on 1MDB leak

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  • Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has denied allegations that the agency had leaked information from its probe on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the Prime Minister’s wife bank accounts.

Dismissing the allegations in Malaysia Today, the MACC said the reports under the title “Return of the Jedi: The Return Match for Najib" dated July 18 and "Plumber Wanted: To plug the leak in the Special Task Force" dated July 20 were "absolutely incorrect”.

The MACC also cleared Tan Sri Rashpal Singh of any wrongdoing as claimed by the blog that accused Rashpal, a former member of its Anti-Corruption Advisory Board (ACAB), of leaking information to the Sarawak Report.

It said that Rashpal had no access to confidential information of the ongoing investigation into the state investment arm as his tenure as an ACAB member had ended on Feb 24 this year.

“The report in Malaysia Today which claims that Tan Sri Rashpal ‘was removed due to certain breaches’ is absolutely incorrect,” said MACC’s Director Strategic Communications Division Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob.

Malaysia Today had also claimed that Rashpal had met with Sarawak Report founder and editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown in London last week, allegedly to discuss how he could hand over information on Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to the whistle-blower website.

The report also claimed that there were people inside the government’s special taskforce probing 1MDB who were providing information to Sarawak Report and business daily, The Edge.

Rohaizad said Rashpal had no access at all as he was no longer a member of any independent oversight bodiy that monitor and advise on the functions and operations of the MACC.

“Therefore, the MACC is firm in stating and clarifying that the claim that confidential information related to the wife of the Prime Minister can be distributed to any party, including to the Sarawak Report, is incorrect and against the policies of the MACC," he said.

“The MACC hereby categorically refutes the claims stated in the blog.”

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