Sarawak Report (SR) should be investigated for threatening national security, a minister said today after the website disclosed what it claimed to be a classified Auditor-General's report.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said the whistleblower website’s claim, if true, would be a breach of the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA).
“The recent declaration that Sarawak Report has in its possession of a document classified under OSA warrants investigation by the police.
“Such an investigation needs to be undertaken urgently and expeditiously to prevent further leakages of official secrets documents which may put the country in security jeopardy,” Salleh told Malay Mail Online when contacted today.
He also insisted that those responsible must be tried in a Malaysian court in order to safeguard the country's sovereignty.
Sarawak Report yesterday claimed it has “extensive access” to the A-G's report on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), to which even members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have limited access.
Today, it also published what it claimed to be a letter from Bank Negara Malaysia to PAC chairman Datuk Hasan Ariffin that was related to the committees probe on 1MDB.
Sarawak Report was blocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission for publishing “unverified” news last year, and access to the website remains restricted from within Malaysia.
Source –Malay Mail Online-