Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said today a recent lawsuit by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) does not involve him, the Malaysian government or state investment fund 1MDB directly.
Last month, US attorney-general Loretta Lynch announced a civil action seeking the recovery of more than $1 billion worth of assets linked to a conspiracy to launder funds taken from 1MDB.
"I want to say that what was done by the DOJ recently does not involve me, or the Malaysian government, or 1MDB directly," Najib told Indonesian television station Metro TV.
"The suit named five people."
"This is not a criminal suit, but a civil suit," said Najib, who was on a visit to the Indonesian capital.
The 1MDB issue is a business issue but it has been politicised by "certain enemies", he added.