KUALA LUMPUR: It was a sober press conference on what was seized in raids that were part of the investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
The raids had been conducted on homes connected to former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his family.
Just after Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh told reporters that jewellery, watches and RM114mil in cash, in 26 different currencies, had been seized, a singular question rang out:
“Any updates on the missing chocolates?”
Comm Amar had to quickly cover a smile.
This was in reference to a complaint by Najib that some police personnel had raided the fridge of his residence and ate chocolates while conducting these raids on May 19.
At Friday’s press conference at the CCID headquarters here, Comm Amar quickly resumed his professional demeanour, saying that Bukit Aman was still waiting for a police report to be lodged on the “disappearing chocolates”.
Since Najib’s lawyers had issued a statement alleging that chocolates had gone missing from a fridge at one of the premises following the police search, no one has come forward to give any information on the alleged chocolate theft.
Comm Amar said he had requested for the lawyers to come forward and lodge a police report.
“With regards to the disappearing chocolates, tell us exactly who had taken the chocolates and we will investigate further.
“I wish to reiterate that during our search, I called in all my officers and had given them a very strict and stern warning that no photographs were to be taken and we were supposed to conduct the search as professionally as we can because we are searching the premises of the ex-prime minister and his family,” he said
He added that since the chocolate allegations were made, he also released a press statement urging them to come forward and lodge a report.
“Tell us exactly who took the chocolates and we will investigate from there,” he said.
Amused by the mystery of the missing chocolates, Malaysians have taken to social media to organise a chocolate donation drive for the men and women in blue.
The “Jom Bagi Coklat Kat Abang & Akak Polis” event – loosely translated as “let’s all give chocolates to our brothers and sisters in the police force” – with the #Chocs4Cops tagline trending on Facebook.
When asked for his opinion on the Chocs4Cops event being organised, Comm Amar smiled but declined to comment.
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