Malaysia and Singapore to work closely together on 1MDB probe

  • Nation
  • Friday, 01 Jun 2018

Following the money trail: Members of the 1MDB task force (from right) Abu Kassim, Gani, Shukri as well as Amar Singh meeting Singapore 1MDB task force members in Putrajaya.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian investigators and their Singaporean counterparts will work closely together on their investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

Among their duties will be to gather evidence, track down witnesses and establish a money trail of the stolen 1MDB funds.

These matters were agreed upon after a meeting was held between the 1MDB task force and Singa­porean investigators yesterday.

Sources said the meeting, which lasted for more than three hours, saw both sides discussing the best ways to proceed with the investigation.

“The meeting started at 9.30am and finished at about 1pm. It was very productive as the Malaysian task force and the Singaporean investigators agreed on many avenues of the investigation,” a source said.

Held at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putra­jaya, members of the task force discussed various issues pertaining to the investigation.

“The task force and Singaporean investigators have agreed to cooperate in recovering funds stolen from 1MDB,” he said.

Both sides will also assist each other in gathering evidence and tracking down witnesses in Singa­pore as soon as possible.

“They will also work towards establishing a money trail to track down existing 1MDB funds and assets,” the statement said.

A total of nine senior officers from various Singaporean agencies, including Singapore’s Attorney General’s Chambers, Commercial Affairs Department and Singapo­rean Financial Authority attended the meeting with the task force members.

The 1MDB task force members are Bukit Aman Special Branch director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador, former attorney general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull as well as his predecessor Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed.

Among others who attended the event was Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh.

The 1MDB task force was set up on May 21 to investigate 1MDB and recover assets abroad.

Last week, the task force called up former PetroSaudi executive Xavier Andre Justo.

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