The identity of “MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1” in the 136-page US Department of Justice (DOJ) legal suits for the forfeiture of over US$1 billion of assets in United States stolen, embezzled or defrauded from 1MDB and the people of Malaysia still await official confirmation.
Although the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has not been named personally in the DOJ legal suits, it is no exaggeration to say that the identity of “MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1” has received remarkable concurrence whether locally or internationally – that it could only refer to Najib and nobody else.
Will Najib deny he is “MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1” or will he admit he is being referred to in DOJ legal suits and sue the US Attorney-General Loretta for defamation?
The United States Attorney-General Loretta E. Lynch, said at her press conference on July 20 that the 1MDB was “intended to grow the Malaysian economy and support the Malaysian people. Instead, they were stolen, laundered through American financial institutions and used to enrich a few officials and their associates. Corrupt officials around the world should make no mistake that we will be relentless in our efforts to deny them the proceeds of their crimes. ”
Anyone who has read the 136-page DOJ legal suits would be shocked by the breadth of the alleged embezzlement, corruption and money laundering related to the 1MDB funds, and the “massive, brazen and blatant diversion of billions of dollars to be laundered through U.S. financial institutions”.
As “MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1” is described as a king-pin of the multi-billion ringgit 1MDB global embezzlement, money-laundering and corruption, will Najib therefore institute legal proceedings against the US Attorney-General for defamation?
(Speech at the Johore DAP SSS LGE gathering in Batu Pahat on Thursday, 28th July 2016 at 9 pm)