AS Prime Minister Najib Razak prepares for his visit to the White House on Tuesday, the opposition has urged the government to publish the classified Auditor General’s Report on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
“If there is nothing to hide, the Umno-Barisan Nasional government must publish the report by the AG on 1MDB before Najib departs for the United States,” said Pakatan Harapan president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in a statement today.
Najib’s visit will mark the 60th anniversary of bilateral ties between the two nations. He is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump at the White House.
“There has been all sorts of speculation on the Malaysian public’s mind as to why this meeting has to be done now,” said Wan Azizah.
She said by not publishing the AG’s Report, the meeting between Najib and Trump would be seen as an effort to “clean up the name of MO1”.
MO1 is a high-ranking public official named by the DoJ in its civil suits as a beneficiary of the alleged pilfering of the sovereign wealth fund.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan had admitted that MO1 was Najib in an interview with the BBC last September.
The DoJ has launched a criminal investigation into funds allegedly siphoned off from 1MDB, and has sought to delay civil suits filed in the past two years to forfeit more than US$1 billion (RM4.3 billion) in real estate and other assets.
Yesterday, DAP lawmaker Tony Pua said it would be “futile” of Najib to attempt to strike a deal with the US government regarding the 1MDB investigations.
“This would be futile because of the independence of US institutions,” said the Petaling Jaya Utara MP.
“The real reason behind wanting to speak to Trump is to pull the 1MDB case in the US… so he wants to cover that up, he wants to close the case, he wants no further action.
“Unfortunately, unlike Najib, Trump has no such power in the US. He may be the most powerful person in the world, but America is a country with rule of law, where the institution is independent.”
The Wall Street Journal, in an editorial, has urged Trump to call off the meetingwith Najib.
“Any embarrassment is better than giving a scandal-tainted leader a White House photo-op.”
The business daily also questioned the wisdom of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who visited Malaysia a month ago, for pursuing an association with Najib, whom the DoJ is probing.