Auditor-General submits documents over claims that final 1MDB report was tampered with

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  • Wednesday, 05 Dec 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Auditor-General Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad (pic) has handed over documents to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to support claims that the 1MDB final audit report was tampered with.

Dr Madinah revealed this when met by reporters at the Parliament lobby after spending three-and-a-half hours testifying before the PAC on Wednesday (Dec 5).

"I have also handed over documents to the PAC," she said, adding that these documents includes the original audit report on 1MDB.

"I have given my explanation to the PAC so it's up to them to conduct further investigations," she said.

PAC chairman Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee, who spoke to reporters shortly after, said that Dr Madinah's statement to the committee was in line with her press statement on Nov 25 that the 1MDB final audit report was tampered with.

"She gave her explanation which was in line with her press statement. However, I cannot share the evidence," he said to reporters when met in the Parliament lobby on Wednesday (Dec 5).

The PAC begun its probe into the alleged tampering of 1MDB report on Tuesday (Dec 4) by calling former auditor-general Tan Sri Ambrin Buang as the first witness.

However, on Tuesday, Ambrin maintained his stand that there was no tampering of the 1MDB final audit report.

The PAC will be recalling Ambrin and the team that assisted him in preparing the report for further questioning in January next year.

Aside from Ambrin and his team, Dr Kiandee said that the National Audit Department former audit performance director Saadatul Nafisah Bashir Ahmad will be called to testify before the PAC.

On Tuesday, Dr Kiandee said that the PAC was not ruling out the possibility that former premier Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak might be called in for questioning.

Aside from Najib, Dr Kiandee said that former 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy, former chief secretary to the government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, former attorney general Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali and former Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad would be called in for questioning.

On Nov 23, it was reported that Najib had ordered the removal of his and fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho's involvement in the audit report of 1MDB.

The report was confirmed by Auditor General Tan Sri Madinah Mohamad on Nov 25, saying that two crucial deletions were made to the final report of 1MDB – one on the financial status of 1MDB and the other on the presence of Low at a meeting of the 1MDB board meetings.

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