SHAH ALAM: Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah (pix) says his decision to resign from the Cabinet was God’s calling, and had nothing to do with 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
He recalled the time he was in Mecca and was allowed to perform his Umrah in peace. He was accorded a police escort despite it being crowded due to the peak season.
“It was like a message from God and that was when I decided that I was going to leave all of this,” he told reporters at a talk he gave on good governance on Monday.
Ahmad Husni, the former second finance minister, said that his resignation had nothing to do with 1MDB.
He stressed that he had stopped talking about 1MDB since December 2015.
(Ahmad Husni resigned from the Cabinet in the June reshuffle this year. He later quit his positions in Umno and Barisan Nasional.)
“Have you seen me release any statements on 1MDB since then? No.
“It is because that was when one by one the information was surfacing and I realised that there were discrepancies,” he said.
He stressed that the reason he was asking about 1MDB now was because the state-owned sovereign fund had not met its objectives.
“When they first formed it, they said they wanted strategic investment, so after 17 months I asked them again why 1MDB was formed.
“I was cynical with my questions to a point they couldn’t answer,” said the former Umno treasurer.
Ahmad Husni said claims that he had gone on a nationwide tour to explain 1MDB were not true.
“It wasn’t me who had gone around to Umno branches to explain 1MDB. It was (1MDB president) Arul Kanda (Kandasamy) who did it.
“Later, when he came to my office, I chased him out. I asked him to leave immediately,” he said to applause from the audience.
Husni has been called into Bukit Aman for questioning over his statements on 1MDB in Parliament. The meeting with the police has been postponed indefinitely.
Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia had claimed that Husni had breached his ministerial oath by disclosing information he learned during his time as a minister.
Asked on this however, Husni just walked away while repeating “no,no,”.-The Star Online