SERDANG – All parties are requested not to create “trials” in the media, to speculate or to come to any conclusion until the task force investigating the alleged channelling of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds into the prime minister’s personal bank account has announced its findings.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said as of now, the allegations were based on reports in the Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report, and making conclusions or judging before the investigation was completed would create a “trial” in the media.
“In court, documents exposed in the social media cannot be accepted.
“A task force has been formed and it is investigating, so it’s best for all parties to wait for the outcome. The task force’s investigation can be regarded as a reliable source,” he told reporters after breaking fast with his ministry’s officers and staff, here, yesterday.
Ismail Sabri was asked to comment on reports by some portals today on the publication of documents by the Wall Street Journal which claimed to show how funds were transferred into Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s personal bank account.
Last week, a special task force comprising officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, police, and Bank Negara Malaysia initiated an investigation into the alleged channelling of 1MDB funds from 1MDB into the prime minister’s account.
Ismail Sabri, who is also an UMNO Supreme Council member, said that as long as the investigation had not been completed and the findings not announced, all parties should not deem any media report on it as authentic and legitimate information.
“I am not sure whether the account that was exposed was the prime minister’s personal account or someone else’s, because the prime minister is not being investigated. The ones being investigated are the companies accused of funnelling money into the prime minister’s personal account.
“All parties need to be fair. Speculating and making conclusions may interfere with the investigation. So, let the special task to its job. That’s the best,” he said.