BANGI: Khairy Jamaluddin (pic) has backed the Prime Minister's decision to take legal action against the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
That Youth and Sports Minister said the allegations made by WSJ against Datuk Seri Bajib Tun Razak was not acceptable, as it was not substantiated by concrete proof and documents.
“It is his right to seek legal action because it is a very serious allegation… Even Najib had said it is untrue while other organisations linked to this allegations have said their involvement is proven to be untrue,” he said.
Speaking to reporters at a forum titled 'Centrality of Integrity for the Next Generation' in Bangi yesterday, Khairy said the burden to proof lies on those who made the allegations and not on the accused.
"They can say what ever they want and claim to have whatever documents but as long as these are unsubstantiated then it remains baseless allegations.
"So the Prime Minister reserves the right to initiate a legal action, he said.
In its report Friday, the Wall Street Journal claimed that almost US$700mil (RM2.63bil) of 1MDB funds had been transferred into Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s personal accounts prior to the 13th general election in 2013.
Najib’s political secretary, Datuk Muhammad Khairun Aseh told a Malay daily that Najib will take legal action against the Wall Street Journal over the article.
The Prime Minister's Office responded to the report saying it was "political sabotage.”