MACC chief gives emotional account of 1MDB probe


Malaysia's new administration came to power earlier this month in a shock victory and quickly reopened investigations into the fund, whose full name is 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

The task force is asked to identify and seize assets that were acquired from the illegal siphoning from the state fund.

Shukri was addressing a news conference after Najib arrived at the headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), which has ordered him to explain a suspicious transfer of $10.6 million into his bank account.

Najib had said little since the raids other than to complain to local media about how they were conducted.

Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, hopes that the authorities will respect the process of law in the course of their investigation to avoid any premature judgment by the public. Former Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail and former anti-graft agency chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed are leading the team along with the police's former special branch deputy director Abdul Hamid Bador and MACC's Mohd Shukri.

A government official has said Najib could possibly be detained after giving his statement to Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Commission.

Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing since the 1MDB scandal erupted in 2015, but he replaced an attorney-general and several MACC officers allegedly to shut down an initial investigation. "I never even made a police report".

"There were people waiting to arrest me in Jeddah if I had landed there, but instead I flew to Washington", he said.

SRC was created in 2011 by Najib's government to pursue overseas investments in energy resources, and was a unit of 1MDB until it was moved to the finance ministry in 2012.

The new 1MDB task force will liaise with enforcement agencies in the United States, Switzerland, Singapore, Canada and other related countries.

The U.S. Justice Department said in a statement that it looks forward to working with Malaysian law enforcement in investigating the 1MDB case.

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia-Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak presented himself for questioning at Malaysia's anticorruption agency Tuesday for the first time since he lost national elections on May 9. US investigators say Najib's associates stole and laundered $4.5 billion from the fund, some of which landed in Najib's bank account.