KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 12, 2020: Former auditor-general Tan Sri Ambrin Buang has testified that he did not succumb to any pressure to make changes to his report, adding that there no threats against him.
Neither too did the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission make any threat when Ambrin’s statement was being recorded.
Amrin gave this explanation in answer to lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah who was representing former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the 1MDB audit report tampering trial.
Shafee also asked if threats had also been made by former chief secretary to the government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa and Najib’s former principal private secretary Tan Sri Shukry Mohd Salleh, to which the answer from Abrin was also in the negative.
According to Ambrin, Najib had not given any specific instructions for the content of the report to be changed during their meeting with Ali at the Prime Minister’s Office on February 22, 2016.
He denied that a meeting he attended two days later was a follow-up to the earlier meeting for 1MDB to provide explanations for the report.
The meeting was attended by Ali, Shukry, senior treasury officials, an officer from the Attorney-General’s Chambers and former 1MDB chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy.
Najib is charged with abusing his power to obtain immunity from legal action and causing amendments to the finalised 1MDB audit report before it was tabled to the Public Accounts Committee, with Arul accused of abetting him.