KUALA LUMPUR, May 24, 2015:
The Finance Ministry (MOF) has refuted former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s claim that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had lied during his written reply on the financial status of national sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
In a statement by the ministry today, MOF stated that Najib’s answer on the status of 1MDB’s finances by Singapore’s BSI Bank was prepared by officers in the ministry, based on information obtained from the national sovereign fund.
While MOF admitted that it amended the original answer given on March 10, it did so to ensure that no confusion may arise over the financial status of 1MDB at BSI Bank and in line with Parliament’s demands.
“The actions by the Finance Ministry in amending the original answer is proof that it had never intended to lie on that matter.
“Hence the demand from former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed that Najib, who is also Finance Minister, has lied was uncalled for,” the ministry stated.
MOF explained that this was because the written replies at the Dewan Rakyat are usually made under his name, based on information provided by the agency that is later checked and distributed by the ministry’s officers.
It added that the ministry had since taken sufficient measures to ensure that similar incidents do not happen again.
In his latest blog posting, Dr Mahathir had alleged that he could not avoid stating that the Prime Minister had lied.
This was in reference to the former premier claiming that Najib’s written answer in Parliament with regards to 1MDB money, said to have been brought back from Cayman Island and placed at BSI Singapore, did not reflect the truth.