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1MDB audit: Recording of meeting was not an offence

Ambrin felt cheated on knowing that no police report was lodged on the conflicting 1MDB audit reports despite an assurance by Najib.

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KUALA LUMPUR — Nov. 27, 2019: The decision by a National Audit Department (NAD) officer Nor Salwani Muhammad to place a recorder in a pencil box to record discussions at a meeting on the 1MDB audit report was not in breach of any code of conduct simply because she was supposed to take down notes but was ushered out due to lack of space.

Also, Nor Salwani Muhammad was part of the NAD audit team and there was a standing instruction that she must follow all of the company’s audit report meetings, stated former auditor-general Tan Sri Ambrin Buang.

An audio recording of the meeting linked to the alleged tampering of the final audit report was played in court last week in a trial involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and former 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy. Najib is charged with tampering the report and Kandasamy for abetment.

ake down notes because the meeting discussed very important issues. There was a standing instruction that she had to follow all the (1MDB audit report) meetings.

During today’s proceedings Ambrin was also queried by the prosecution on his meeting with Najib in November 2016.

According to Ambrin, he took the opportunity to alert Najib about the different versions of the financial statement, after which Najib gave the assurance that he would get to the bottom of it. 

Ambrin said he had no reason not to believe Najib since he was the prime minister but later felt cheated when he discovered that no police report was lodged despite Najib’s assurance relating to the two conflicting financial statements left out of the final report.

The trial before Justice Mohamed Zaini Mazlan continues tomorrow. — Bernama

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