Coalition NGOs submit memo to PM’s dept over 1MDB

 |Aug 4, 2016



Malaysian Human Rights Society (HAKAM) and around 34 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) coalition have submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister’s Department (PMD), seeking to the government to further investigate the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issues.

The memorandum submission was led by former Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan with around 30 representatives from various NGOs on Thursday afternoon in Putrajaya.

The memorandum was submitted by Ambiga addressing it to Minister in PM’s department Low Seng Kuan.

Among the notable civil rights activists who were present were Eric Paulsen of Lawyer for Liberty (LFL), Maria Chin Abdullah of Bersih, Seven Doraisamy of Suaram and S.Barathidasan of MIPAS.

It is learnt from the memorandum that the coalition of NGOs were pushing for a greater transparency and investigation into the 1MDB matters.

The coalition viewed that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) probe on 1MDB scandal was highly concerned by the Malaysian public, thus requesting the PMD to take up the matter with a stern interest.

The group has also proposed to the government to form a Royal Commission to further investigate on the 1MDB issues.

End of last month, the United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of more than $1 billion in assets associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.

In a response to the DOJ probe, 1MDB in a statement has vindicated that it was not a party to the civil suit and does not have any assets in the US.

1MDB reiterated that it had not benefited from the various transactions described in the civil suit.