Hornbill Unleashed

March 8, 2015

Muhyiddin denies conflict with Najib on 1MDB

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 2:33 AM

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has denied that his stinging statement on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) yesterday contradicted his boss, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

He added that he was not only expressing what the cabinet had discussed with regard to the issue but also gone beyond that, reports Bernama.

“I don’t think so (that it contradicts Najib) because if you read correctly and understand properly what I have written, I think it is a fair statement.

“It is a fair decision. It is not in conflict to whatever the prime minister has said,” he told reporters after a closed-door meeting with the Wanita Umno Pagoh division at Kompleks Seri Pekembar here today.

Last night, Muhyiddin said public funds should not be used to bail out 1MDB, adding that its board of directors should also be responsible if any wrongdoing was found.

The deputy prime minister was responding to Najib’s directive on Wednesday, calling for the auditor-general to independently verify the company’s accounts.

Najib (left) also said the auditor-general’s report would later be passed to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for a transparent inspection.

Muhyiddin, who is also Pagoh MP, has instead yesterday called on PAC to start its own investigation on 1MDB, without waiting for the auditor-general’s report.

He argued that in asking PAC to pursue the issue independently is in accordance with the decision made by the cabinet.

No bailout, says Muhyiddin

Muhyiddin also told the 1MDB management to make sure that whatever plans they (1MDB) proposed would not put the government in a “difficult situation”.

“I cautioned (them) about the issue of ‘no bailout’ because I think that Malaysians would want that kind of assurance,” he said.

In a strongly-worded statement yesterday, Muhyiddin said there should be no strip sale of the firm’s assets to pay off its hefty debts, amounting to RM42 billion.

“The government will suffer a loss if restructuring of 1MDB involves sales of Tun Razak Exchange and Bandar Malaysia land.

“The land banks were obtained from the government on the cheap,” he said.

Meanwhile, veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin in a blog post today lauded Muhyiddin’s call for a “forensic auditing” to be conducted on 1MDB.

“Alhamdulillah (praise to God), that is the right method. 1MDB needs forensic auditing just like how a doctor investigates the history of his or her patient.

“Thank you Muhyiddin and hopefully, (Home Minister) Ahmad Zahid (Hamidi) does not accuse that the Umno deputy president’s action had a political motive,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid had reportedly claimed those who question 1MDB’s affairs as harbouring “political motives”.

Kadir however said the Umno vice-president needed Najib’s support to deal with his own crisis in relation to the letter he sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on gambling kingpin Paul Phua.

2 Comments »

  1. Muhyidin Yassin’s recent posture on IMDB’s issue is as it should be. And it is indeed a high time for leaders to show their individual take and or space in issues of national important. Surely. I mean if Najip is at fault somewhere and somehow, things should prepare for the better in any event of Najip may have to step aside.

    One leader is down in order to accept responsibilities over the fiasco built up by IMDB should not mean everyone of the top leaders should go down. No, not until the next GE14’s result have suggested a need to move on the part of BN and a new government would move in to replace it.

    I believe it is high time this Nation of all of us be ruled democratically and economically efficiently. Government must be people oriented. Not leaders biased. So far there has only been talk of only UMNO can rule the country because it is Malay based party and Malay is the largest race in this Nation. This mind set must change.

    It must give way to a new and bold thoughtful mind set. That is, that any party elected by the people in a fair and democratic exercise should be given the chance to lead the government, and that included government in PETRAJAYA. Only with this ideal can Malaysia as a Nation will succeed.

    The present mind set behind the present BN government has caused one after another fiasco and financial mismanagement far too many; including the present IMDB’s debacle, which happened to be Najip’s brainchild project.

    To change to be a better Nation our leaders must be bold to change. In this regard the present approach by DPM is God-Sent to Malaysia certainly. To save Malaysia from bleeding to poverty..

    Comment by Anek — March 8, 2015 @ 4:50 PM | Reply

  2. It is too soon to know if Muhyiddin Yassin’s 1MDB auditing response is in direct and deliberate contradiction to Najib’s position or if there’s a script he’s pursuing. That script may be one sewn between Najib and Muhyiddin to buy sympathy from its supporters in the name that it is under siege by opposition forces, including the media, or if he’s following a script written for him by Mahathir and Daim. He’s a stooge between the Najib and Mahathir camps and their tussle for powe and influence.

    Comment by Budin — March 8, 2015 @ 3:00 PM | Reply


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