‘1MDB never a party to DoJ suit’

 |Jun 23, 2017

OPINION

The following is a letter from Ahmad Soffian (Shah Alam, Selangor), as published by the New Straits Times on June 22.

It is crucial for Malaysians not to be influenced by statements made by the United States against our government.

The series of statements by the US Department of Justice against the Malaysian government since last year cannot be considered facts as they are just accusations. They have made many accusations, but why has there been no action taken against the accused?

I agree with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s statement that DoJ should clarify and provide proof of their accusations. Contrary to popular sentiment, 1MDB was never a party to the civil suit submitted by DoJ.

However, when DoJ issues statements with terms such as “the Malaysian government”, “Malaysian Official No. 1” and “MO1”, it creates the perception that our country’s leaders are in the centre of its investigation.

The fact is that last year, Public Accounts Committee vice-chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw, who is Kepong DAP member of parliament, stated that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was not involved in any 1MDB dealing and acted only as a non-executive chairman of the advisory board of the government-owned company.

We have to remember that if an accusation or information comes from any government department or agency of the US, we need to take it with a pinch of salt.

I’m not saying all the statements by the US are elaborate lies for it to pursue its agenda, but some of them are exaggerated and far from the truth.

It is time for Malaysians not only to be politically mature, but also to use our logic and common sense, especially in understanding a statement made against Malaysia by a country that is willing to do anything as long as it fulfils its agenda.

I believe that we have to trust our leaders, and even though some of us are unable to do that, never trust foreign countries, especially those that have a record of lying and media manipulation, even against their own people.

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