PUTRAJAYA — Jan. 8, 2020: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission today played before the press several audio recordings of conversations involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and others which anti-graft chief Latheefa Koya described as leakage of information from the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
She told a press conference that the audio clips also have voices of Najb’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, former MACC chief Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad, a foreign dignitary and several others.
Latheefa maintained that the recordings were authentic, with the agency having done the forensics and other investigations and described the contents as shocking and that the entire episode was a cover-up and subversion of justice.
“In the public interest, we’re making public the contents.”
The recordings lasting about 45 minutes and made between January 5 and July 29, 2016, were played during the press conference which was carried live over television. Latheefa did not think the revelation will jeopardise the ongoing court cases involving Najib.
Among others, the recordings feature conversations expressing concern and the need to resolve issues speedily. In one, there is a heated conversation between a man and a woman, believed to be Najib and Rosmah.
Najib, who was attending his SRC International trial in Kuala Lumpur, said during a break that he will consult his lawyers.
According to Latheefa, the contents are viewed as being of public interest and involve serious national security. “So I don’t see how it cannot be shared (with the public) and is prejudicial to the ongoing cases.”
What was said during the conversations, said Letheefa, contain elements of corruption and what may constitute offences under the Penal Code which the MACC would prefer the police to look into.
The first clip features a conversation between Najib and Dzulkifli, who was then a prosecutor in the AGC before being moved to head the MACC.
Besides Najib, Rosmah and Dzulkifli, the voices include those of foreigners believed to be a royalty and a company executive in the Middle East.
“There are various serious issues that have arisen including abuse of power, criminal conspiracy, obstruction of justice, compromising national security, fabrication of false evidence through foreign assistance and connivance,” stated Latheefa.