KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Razak will take legal action against the Wall Street Journal over an article alleging that RM2.6bil was transferred into his personal bank accounts.
Najibâ€™s political secretary, Datuk Muhammad Khairun Aseh told a Malay daily that the report was criminal defamation.
â€œThe report was done with bad intention and based on unsubstantiated and dubious sources.
â€œWe will take legal action,â€ he was quoted as saying by Sinar Harian.
Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report published an article on Friday quoting an “unnamed investigator”, claiming that almost US$700mil (RM2.63bil) of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) funds went into the Prime Minister’s personal accounts.
The Prime Minister’s Office responded to the report saying it was “political sabotage.â€
1MBD insisted that no funds had been transferred to Najib’s accounts.
Najib had also, late last night, accused former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was â€œworking hand in gloveâ€ with foreign nationals, of being responsible behind the â€œlatest lieâ€.