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PUTRAJAYA, July 5, 2015:

The Home Ministry and Royal Malaysian Police will not hesitate to use the full force of the law against individuals who attempt to harm Malaysia’s economy and democratic process.

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said over the past months, there appeared to be attempts to undermine confidence in the Malaysian economy and the country’s democratically elected government.

“This can be a threat to national security,” he said in a statement today.

Ahmad Zahid said the main source of these allegations were from data allegedly stolen by an individual who had been detained and was now under investigation for attempted extortion.

“An independent international cyber security firm, Protection Group International (PGI), has confirmed the theft and said that the information published should be considered unsafe and unreliable,” he added.

“Various media reports are found quoting unverified documents.

“Are they authentic? Do they even exist? Who are the unnamed investigators who supposedly traced movements of money?” he said.

The Home Minister said allegations and insinuations were being made against a serving Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“This is irresponsible and reckless journalism, and bordering on criminal offence,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid said as investigations were ongoing, all parties (domestic and international) should refrain and restrain themselves from making comments on this matter to avoid confusing the public.

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