SUNGAI BESAR: The Prime Ministerâ€™s Department held a briefing on 1Malaysia Development Berhad for civil servants with 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy (pic) explaining several national issues.
Arul said the people should not be fooled by issues, which have been played up by the Opposition and blown out of proportion.
â€œ1MDB is no more an issue. It was a business problem that is currently being solved. All problems will be solved by next year,” he told the audience.
The briefing was organised by the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) and held at Sekolah Agama Menengah Pasir Panjang.
Those who attended include Sungai Besar candidate Budiman Mohd Zohdi, National Civics Bureau chief Datuk Ibrahim Saad and Special Branch (Operations/Counter Terrorism division) assistant director-general Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.
The audience, mostly teachers, were also briefed on terrorism threats to the nation, and how the people should be grateful to live in a multi-cultural country like Malaysia.
Arul denied that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented to cover the debts incurred by 1MDB.
â€œThe GST issue has been politicised. The background to it is to change the country’s taxation system. This has nothing to do with 1MDB,” he said to a question from the floor.
He also rubbished claims that the RM2.6bil donation paid into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razakâ€™s private account came from 1MDB.
â€œThere is no donation from 1MDB in the prime minister’s private account. This is a fact and not an opinion,” he said.
The briefing came after one of 1MDBâ€™s critics, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, campaigned for the Opposition ahead of the June 18 by-election.
A spokesperson from PMD denied that the briefing was held to coincide with the by-election.
â€œWe planned this well ahead and we are doing this nationwide. This time is Selangorâ€™s turn so we chose this place,â€ said the spokesperson.