Perkasa wants the government to seek an explanation from the US Department of Justice (DoJ) as to the identity of Malaysian Official 1.
In a statement released yesterday, the Malay rights group said Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration must direct the relevant key parties to find out who is the individual who was not mentioned by name, in the civil suits filed by the DoJ last Wednesday, on several individuals relating to the 1MDB scandal.
The key parties named by Perkasa are the Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Bank Negara Malaysia, and Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali.
In its statement, Perkasa said that “Malaysian Official 1″ was described as a high-ranking official in the Malaysian government and that the person also holds authority in 1MDB.
Apart from that, the DoJ, in its 136-page document filed in a Los Angeles court, had also described the unnamed individual as being related to Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz, the statement added.
“Several Malaysians know that Riza is the stepson of Najib and Rosmah Mansor’s son. If ‘Malaysian Official 1′ is a relative of Riza, who is the individual?” the statement questioned.
“The question is playing in the minds of many people in Malaysia today. Therefore, Najib’s administration should seek urgent clarification about this mysterious individual.”
In a press conference held in conjunction with Perkasa’s Aidilfitri celebrations at Taman Melati here, Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali said that there was no way of telling who the “Malaysian Official 1″ was and that any assumptions made at this point could lead towards slander.
“All I know is that Lim Kit Siang (DAP parliamentary leader) said it’s not him and I know it’s not me,” he joked.
“I do not want to make any speculations on the matter as that would lead towards slander and I’m tired of going to court.”
The DoJ said last Wednesday that more than US$3.5 billion was diverted from 1MDB.
The US civil suits are seeking to seize US$1 billion of the allegedly embezzled assets that were transferred into the United States using shell companies.
The DoJ also alleged offences were committed over a four-year period and involved multiple individuals, including Malaysian officials and their associates, who conspired to fraudulently divert billions of dollars from 1MDB.
It specifically named Riza, Low Taek Jho (better known as Jho Low), and Abu Dhabi government officials Khadem al-Qubaisi and Mohamed Ahmed Badawy Al-Husseiny.