US Federal Grand Jury Investigates Najib, Rosmah's Son For Corruption...
It was reported in the New York Times that the US Justice Department is currently investigating claims of corruption allegedly involving Najib, focusing on properties purchased by his stepson Riza Aziz, or by close family friend tycoon Jho Low.
It is also looking into the RM2.6 billion political donation received by Najib as the money was wired through a US bank.
The US based probe is the latest one on top of several other international investigations on Najib, including the ones in Hong Kong, Switzerland, England and Singapore, which mostly were initiated by Khairuddin Abu Hassan, a sacked Umno member and a vocal critic of 1MDB.
Najib for months now has been showered with allegations of corruption, mostly on the government strategic investment arm, 1MDB. However, to date, there have been no proof whatsoever that any corruption ever took place.
A matter of integrity
Meanwhile, political analyst Chandra Muzaffar said Malaysia should take this matter seriously as it involved a matter of integrity, something Malaysia should be highly concerned about.
“We should take them seriously as they would require cooperation from our authorities, Ministry of Finance, 1MDB, Bank Negara and so on as there is no way they can carry on with their own investigations in their respective countries without the help of our authorities here,” he said.
Chandra added that if Malaysia had investigated these allegations properly from the beginning, then this embarrassing foreign investigation would not be taking place today.
“We see the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was made dysfunctional when its members were brought into the cabinet.
The Attorney General (AG), the one person who can prosecute was eased out. Then Bank Negara saw numbers of their officials investigated.
“If the Malaysian authorities such as the PAC, AG, Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission and Bank Negara had given their full support to the investigations, maybe these investigations from the foreign body will not be happening,” he said. - beritadaily
Read NYT full article here...