Langkawi MP Datuk Nawawi Ahmad apologised today to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for causing confusion over his “MO1” remarks on Facebook.
The Umno lawmaker, who is under a police investigation over his remarks on social media about the King and “MO1”, also stressed that he did not intend to link the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to the issue and claimed his statement was twisted.
“I’m making this apology out of my own awareness, responsibility and willingness without being influenced by any party,” Nawawi said in a statement.
“DYMM Tuanku is pure and uninvolved in any political issues and His Majesty has nothing at all to do with the DOJ and 1MDB issues,” he added, referring to the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) lawsuit that seeks to seize over US$1 billion (RM4 billion) in assets linked to Malaysian state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Nawawi had in a Facebook comment on Tuesday said that the Federal Constitution states that the government is made of three arms: the judiciary, executive, and legislature.
He concluded that with all three bodies being answerable to the Agong, “the Agong is MO1”.
Malay-language daily Berita Harian quoted Nawawi Thursday as insisting that he had not identified the Yang di-Pertuan Agong as the anonymous “Malaysian Official 1” figure mentioned in the DOJ’s lawsuit.
He reportedly claimed that his controversial Facebook post only sought to interpret the Federal Constitution, and sought to distinguish between the “MO1” in his Facebook post and the US lawsuit which he said referred to two different things ― “Malaysia Official Number One” and “Malaysia Official One” respectively.
In the DOJ civil lawsuit filed last month, “Malaysian Official 1” was identified as a high-ranking government officer with authority in 1MDB, but was not specifically named.
The Malay Mail Online