KUALA LUMPUR: It will be a disappointment if embattled former premier Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is facing ongoing graft charges, had indeed ordered the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) audit report to be tampered with, says Umno stalwart Khairy Jamaluddin.
“If there is an order to erase Jho Low’s attendance at 1MDB board meetings, then it is a serious move which is disappointing,” he said, referring to fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho.
“The presence of Jho Low in 1MDB board meetings was never reported to the then Barisan Nasional Cabinet ministers before,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
“(In fact), many issues regarding 1MDB were never informed to the Cabinet.”
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said there was nothing wrong for Auditor-General Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad to reveal the 1MDB original audit report.
“I think if you are talking about disclosing the truth, the people have the right to know. (But), I’m shocked at how Utusan Malaysia is able to come up with that report before the A-G’s statement was released,” he said to reporters at the Parliament lobby.
Lim labelled those who had played a role in tampering the 1MDB audit report as traitors.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has also written to the Attorney General to seek legal advice if it can proceed with its investigations into the tampering of the 1MDB final audit report.
PAC chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said this was because the MACC had also said it had started a probe into the alleged tampering of the report.
Former auditor-general Tan Sri Ambrin Buang and Dr Madinah are scheduled to appear before the current PAC on Dec 4 and 5 respectively.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh said several witnesses would be called up in connection with the allegation.
He said the investigation would encompass several aspects, including the involvement of a civil servant in producing a false record or document.
Meanwhile, Entrepreneur Development Minister Redzuan Yusof said Tan Sri Shukry Salleh had been removed as Bank Rakyat chairman with immediate effect.
The removal followed his involvement in the original audit report on 1MDB.
The decision was made under the Bank Kerjasama Rakyat (M) Berhad Act 1978 (Special Provision 202), Redzuan said in a statement.
Shukry, who is Najib’s former principal private secretary, was one of several figures named by Dr Madinah who were alleged to have been involved in the alteration of the original 1MDB report.
Last Friday, Utusan Malaysia revealed a few unnamed sources claiming Najib had ordered the removal of Jho Low’s name in the 1MDB audit report.
Dr Madinah, two days after the report was published, said two crucial deletions were made to the 1MDB final report – one on its financial status and the other on Jho Low’s presence at a 1MDB board meeting.
Najib, through a statement issued by his lead defence lawyer Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, questioned Dr Madinah’s motive in making the statement.
He said Dr Madinah’s statement could be interpreted as an attempt to influence public opinion and prejudice to Najib’s court cases.