Azmin Ali: Pakatan will look into WSJ's China claims


PETALING JAYA: The Pakatan Harapan government will look into all China-linked projects, following a report alleging that China were used to help the previous administration bail out 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Economic Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said although he is not privy to the details of the report, the government is firm in looking into all aspects of the process to ensure transparency and accountability.

"The whole process will be transparent. If anyone is responsible for any wrongdoing, action will be taken," he told reporters at the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) office-opening ceremony on Tuesday (Jan 8).

It was reported that in 2016, senior Chinese leaders offered to help bail out a Malaysian government fund at the centre of a multibillion-dollar graft scandal, according to minutes from a series of previously undisclosed meetings reviewed by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

The minutes allegedly show that Chinese officials told visiting Malaysians that China would use its influence to try to get the U.S. and other countries to drop their probes into allegations that allies of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak Tun Razak and others plundered 1MDB.

Asked if he was aware of such documents, Azmin said that he was not privy to it, as the documents were handed over to the authorities.

"Well, I am not privy to those documents because those who raided the (former) PM's house and the offices, the documents would be in the possession of the authorities," said Azmin.

When asked if Malaysia would discuss the matter with China, Azmin said that a clear message has been given to all parties, including foreign countries "that we are here to ensure transparency and accountability".

"We need the support of foreign countries to assist the current government with the ongoing investigations," he added.

The report also noted that the Chinese also offered to bug the homes and offices of WSJ reporters in Hong Kong, who were investigating the fund to find out who was leaking information to them, according to the minutes.

Malaysia is alleged to have offered lucrative stakes in railway and pipeline projects for China’s One Belt, One Road programme and other deals with Chinese state companies to be funded by Chinese banks and built by Chinese workers.

 

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