The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) views with utmost concern the latest development that the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has begun a probe on state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Unprecedented and shocking, this news comes after Singapore, Switzerland and Hong Kong have all separately began probes on 1MDB’s financial irregularities. The investigations of money laundering are slowly closing in on the 1MDB.

It is a terrible shame that a sitting prime minister of Malaysia is facing a mounting number of investigations across the globe over the troubled investment company, and is facing allegations of bribe paying and money laundering but yet stubbornly refuses to step aside.

C4 is further troubled with the arrest and subsequent six day remand of former Umno Batu Kawan deputy chief Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan by the police following a travel ban imposed on him earlier.

He has been accused of attempting to topple the government by lodging reports with various law enforcement authorities in different countries, and was reported to have a meeting with the FBI to assist with their probe.

Did Khairuddin have something new to expose? Was he about to blow the whistle with fresh information?

Najib has been acting with absolute impunity, acting without haste in removing his critics including former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, and former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin from office, stopping at nothing to punish those who have stood up to seek answers, and pursue the truth.

The arrest of Khairuddin suggests continuing obstruction to investigations and is an affront to whistleblowers who may have information to reveal.

C4 urges:

1. The law enforcement agencies in Malaysia to refocus their attention and energies on the real culprit and wrongdoers, and pursue investigations into the 1MDB and Najib’s private accounts for unaccounted donations in an individuals private accounts amounts to corruption and money laundering

2. Restore investigations by the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament, without delay, whose probe had been halted after Najib promoted its key personnel, elevating some into minister and deputy minister posts in his Cabinet.

3. Make public the auditor-general’s preliminary report on 1MDB.

In the words of Bank Negara Governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz: “In this day and age, there is no place anywhere that people can hide”. So let the truth be unravelled.

Najib must be ready to face the consequence if he has wronged Malaysians. – September 22, 2015.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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