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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2, 2015:

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Haidi maintained that police acted professionally in detaining three individuals probing into 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, said the arrests were made to determine whether or not there had been leakages in the investigation handed to whistle-blower website Sarawak Report or other online media which had tainted the image of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in a series of reports.

The trio who were arrested were former Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisor, Tan Sri Datuk Rashpal Singh,Attorney-General’s Chambers finance and anti-money laundering secretariat member Jessica Gurmeet Kaur, and MACC deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairi.

They have since been released after having their statements recorded.

“This is not an arrest but more of a recording of statements on the three and they were made based on police reports to find the source of the leakages to see whether they had come from the MACC or from the Attorney-General’s chambers, or even Bank Negara,”

“Even if they came from the Royal Malaysian Police Force, they will not be exempted from being called to give their statements,” he told a press conference after opening the Kepong Umno Women’s Wing Delegation Meeting 2015, at Hotel Primiera, here, this evening.

In this matter the focus was on the leak of the information that may have been channeled, or sold or submitted to Sarawak Report and other news portals.

“Therefore the action taken by the police should be seen as one that complied with procedures to allow the obtaining of information.

“We want to determine whether that (leaked) information came from any department or agency or even the appointed task force which leaked to pre-charge or taint the PM’s image.”

Investigations,he added, would continue until authorities have found out the source of the information that was leaked in the social media.

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