Cops to probe Sarawak Report over alleged possession of 1MDB audit

(MMO) – Police will investigate Sarawak Report’s claim that it has extensive access to the Auditor-General’s report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a document that was earlier this year classified as secret.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamad when contacted today confirmed that the authorities will take necessary action, but refused to divulge further information.

“There is nothing much I can say about this as it is under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) but I assure you that the police will probe this,” he told Malay Mail Online.

Whistleblower portal Sarawak Report claimed yesterday to be in possession of the classified A-G report on 1MDB.

The report was prepared by Tan Sri Ambrin Buang’s department for the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) probe on 1MDB, and was classified under OSA at his request.

The document remains classified despite the tabling of the PAC report in Parliament. Access to the report is limited and even PAC members are not allowed copies.

Today, the UK-based website also published what it claimed to be a letter from Bank Negara Malaysia to PAC chairman Datuk Hasan Ariffin that was related to the committee’s probe on 1MDB.

Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli previously leaked what is alleged to be an excerpt of the report and was later charged under the OSA.

Sarawak Report was blocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission for publishing “unverified” news last year, and access to the website remains restricted from within Malaysia.