PUTRAJAYA – July 21, 2016: Hardline critics of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak are planning to organise a people power movement and march to the Istana Negara to seek consent from the king to form an independent tribunal.
Led by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahahthir Mohamad, they say the move is necessary following the lawsuits filed yesterday by the United States Department of Justice on matters linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
“The time has come for the nation to demand the removal of Prime Minister (Najib) and his government in kleptocracy,” said Mahathir at a press conference here today.
“We must demand the matter to be locally investigated, therefore an independent tribunal must be set up.
“And if there is indeed a case, the findings should be presented to the court,” added Mahathir.
Najib was not named in the lawsuits filed in Los Angeles.
In backing his allegations, Mahathir cited several clauses from 1MDB’s Article of Associations, Malaysian criminal codes, U.S laws and certain paragraphs from the lawsuits that he claimed refer to no one else but Najib.
“1MDB as you know is a sovereign wealth fund set up by the government headed by Najib. He is solely responsible for everything that is done in the name of 1MDB and that is stated in the Articles of Associations of the company.
“Now, the report (lawsuit) does not mention Najib by name but only mentions Malaysian official one, but question is… who is that?
“I want to identify who is Malaysian official one…He is described as a high ranking official in the Malaysian government, who also held a position of authority with 1MDB during all times relevant to the complaint.
“Malaysian official one is a public official as that term is used in US law and a public servant as used in Section 21 of the Malaysian Criminal Code.
“In paragraph 39 of the report (lawsuit) it says that Malaysian official one assumed a position of authority in 1MDB and Malaysian official one had the power to approve all appointment to and removal from 1MDB board of directors and 1MDB senior management team.
“In addition, any financial commitment by 1MDB including investment that will affect it are guaranteed by the government of Malaysia for the benefit of 1MDB or any policies of the Malaysian government require the approval of Malaysia official one,” Mahathir said.
He also stressed that Malaysians must change the government “ASAP” (as soon as possible) because it would be pointless if the US returns the alleged misappropriated funds to the present government.