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Najib speaks again on how 1MDB has been politicised

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KUALA LUMPUR — November 15, 2016: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has stated again that the 1Malaysia Development Berhad issue has been highly politicised, with some elements in Malaysia attempting to expolit it for their own benefits.

In doing this they feed foreign authorities with at times false or incomplete information.

“Those outside Malaysia cannot always appreciate these complexities, but it is something they should bear in mind to avoid becoming entangled in what has become a domestic political matter,” Najib pointed out in a written interview with Nikkei Asian Review ahead of his three-day official visit to Japan beginning today.

Najib said Malaysian authorities had led the way in investigations into 1MDB and it was he himself who first instructed multiple Malaysian authorities to conduct investigations.

He was asked about foreign governments investigating the alleged misappropriation of funds related to 1MDB, whether he considered this to be interference and if Malaysia would reopen its own probe.

Najib said he has always made it clear that full cooperation should be extended to any investigation, provided it is in
accordance with Malaysian laws.

On Malaysia’s stance on The Hague’s ruling on the maritime claims by China, Najib said Malaysia had consistently held and expressed the view that all claims in the South China Sea must be based and resolved in accordance with
international law.

On whether Asean consensus-based process be changed to one based on a majority for quicker decision-making, Najib said this was unique, it is Asean’s and it should be preserved.

Apart from his meeting with his counterpart Shinzo Abe, Najib will be meeting the ministers in charge of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism. – Bernama

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