Zahid: Certain groups out to undermine our image


(The Star) – Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi believes that certain groups are trying to undermine Malaysia’s image “in the eyes of foreign investors” by attacking the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

He said the Cabinet had been briefed by globally renowned auditing company, Deloitte, which found no anomalies in the managme­nt of 1MDB. He added that Deloitte had told ministers that it was satisfied that there were no anomalies in 1MDB’s accounts and had cleared the company of any wrongdoing.

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is Umno vice-president, said he was “puzzled” by the attacks when Deloitte had arrived at its findings after extensive auditing.

“All the attacks and unsubstantiated claims by certain quarters have far-reaching consequences on the country’s image in the eyes of foreign investors,” Dr Ahmad Zahid told reporters here yesterday after attending an event in appreciation of Civil Defence personnel involved in flood relief missions in December.

The 1MDB issue went international after the New York Times highlighted articles on the escapades of the Prime Minister’s stepson, Razi Abdul Aziz, and Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, implicating them in a US$100mil purchase of prime ­property in the United States.

The reports also implied that Jho Low had allegedly manipulated 1MDB funds to buy the property.