End the guessing game and reveal who exactly is the mysterious “Malaysian Official One” (MO1), Umno Supreme Council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman told the US Department of Justice (DoJ).
Speaking to FMT, the deputy agriculture and agro-based industry minister said the DoJ, by repeatedly mentioning MO1 without naming the actual person, had caused the country to suffer politically and economically.
“It’s best for DoJ to reveal (the identity of MO1). What the department is doing now is like a person throwing a stone and hiding his hand behind his back.
“It is unprofessional and irresponsible.”
Tajuddin then suggested the possibility of a deliberate attempt by the DoJ to provoke certain quarters and create disharmony among Malaysians.
His comments came following Umno Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s statement to the British media network BBC that it was obvious that MO1, who was mentioned 36 times in the DoJ’s civil suits, was Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Others have also claimed the same, and a students’ group last Saturday organised a rally meant solely to urge authorities to take action.
Over 2,000 people attended the #TangkapMO1 rally held outside Dataran Merdeka.
“Stop playing this game. When they failed to mention the name of this MO1, it allowed people to speculate,” added Tajuddin.
“And that is not wise. But perhaps he (Rahman) has his own reasons for believing that the prime minister is MO1.
“He has to think if what he did was right or wrong because he’s not a nobody. He’s a minister, a leader. His voice carries weight.”
The DoJ, in its report in July, claimed that the unnamed MO1 had received USD731 million of allegedly embezzled 1MDB funds.
According to the details provided by the DoJ, MO1 is a “high-ranking official in the Malaysian Government who also held a position of authority with 1MDB”, and that the individual was a relative of Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz.