KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28, 2015:

The people should not be easily influenced by unverified information.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was referring to the latest allegations by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the sum of US$$850 million that allegedly needs to be handed over to national investigation bodies.

“Because the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has initiated checks on the details and authorities are investigating the matter, we must therefore avoid listening to other Information that is being spread.

“We must also refrain from judging based on that unverified information.

“I feel it’s best that I leave this matter to the investigating bodies so that the truth is revealed.

“The authorities should be trusted to do the right thing. Do not depend on information that comes from an outside source that can’t be verified.”

Recently, WSJ alleged that 1MDB had channelled at least US$$850 million last year to an overseas entity to make it look like a sovereign wealth fund owned by Abu Dhabi.

It claimed this was based on documents that had been thoroughly checked by the publication.

It was also alleged that 1MDB had sent money to “Aabar Investments PJS Ltd” which resembles the name of a company under IPIC, which is Aabar Investments PJS.

In another development, Ahmad Zahid reiterated Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s statement about raising the ticket prices of Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL).

He said the increase was due to a concession agreement.

“We know that the ERL is not owned by the government and if the government subsidised it, that will cost the government RM2.9 billion.

“Leaders from the past agreed to this, so it cannot be revoked. If revoked, it will cost us billions.”

He asked all parties, including the people, to be united with their leaders to fight the rising costs.

“I will help the PM to solve problems, this will be the priority. I have to be a good deputy PM, not a troublesome one.”

Najib had said the ERL contract was drawn up in 1997 when former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was PM.

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