Media statement by 1Malaysia Development Berhad: 1MDB files police report


For the second time in as many days, Sarawak Report – a foreign-run online blog that is currently blocked in Malaysia for publishing stolen and forged materials – has carried an article with what appear to be authentic 1MDB Board meeting minutes. We note with concern that this follows previous statements by Sarawak Report acknowledging that it has obtained documents from Bank Negara investigations, specifically “… according to documents obtained by Sarawak Report from the Bank Negara investigations into investments by the fund”.

Sarawak Report‘s blatant admission of having obtained confidential documents from Bank Negara Malaysia follows open admissions by an international publication Wall Street Journal that it too has reviewed documents relating to a “government probe” on 1MDB and had access to transcripts of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee proceedings and the interim Auditor-General draft report on 1MDB. Despite these admissions, no action has been taken against either those parties who have published said documents, nor against the parties that are leaking them – in contravention of the law.

Given this lack of action, 1MDB has today filed a police report on actions by one or more parties, who we suspect have leaked and/or sold confidential or proprietary information. It is our belief, that such actions were taken with one or more malicious intents and may have breached Malaysian laws, including but not limited to, the Penal Code, the Official Secrets Act 1972, the Houses of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952 and the Standing Orders of the Dewan Rakyat of Malaysia. We have full faith and confidence in the investigative ability and professionalism of the lawful authorities to take all actions required to uphold the laws of Malaysia.