Malay Rulers Have Given Serious Attention To 1MDB Issue

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 (Bernama) -- The Malay rulers have given serious attention to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue, said the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Syed Danial Syed Ahmad.

In response to the the statement by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull at a special media conference Tuesday, Syed Danial said the Rulers had already issued a statement on the issue on Oct 6, 2015.

“In fact, on the Rulers’ decree, I have invited the chief commissioner of the MACC, his deputy and senior officers to have an audience with the Rulers to give relevant briefings.

“Within the scope of the roles and power of the Rulers based on the Federal Constitution, the Rulers indicated they had given serious attention to the 1MDB issue in a statement issued (on Oct 6, 2015) by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal on behalf of the Rulers,” he said in a statement Tuesday.

Syed Danial also attached a statement, which among others stated that the Malay Rulers were aware that the government was conducting an investigation and insisted on the need for the government to complete as soon as possible the ongoing investigation.

The statement, issued over two years ago, also stated that the government should take appropriate stern action against the parties involved.

The statement also said that the Malay Rulers were worried that if the issue was not handled wisely and was left unsolved for a long time, it would affect the economic situation of the country and harm the lives of ordinary people.

Mohd Shukri Tuesday claimed that he and his his former boss Abu Kassim Mohamed at the MACC had met several cabinet ministers in the previous government to convince them to take action against former prime minister, Najib Razak.

Mohd Shukri, who was the deputy chief commissioner (Operation) of the MACC at the time said that after efforts to convince the ministers did not achieve the desired results, he and Abu Kassim had an audience with the Council of Rulers to convince the council to take action against Najib, but to no avail.