MEDIA has recently been abuzz with news on 1MDB following Umno Youth vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun move to file a police report against three senior government officials – former Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, outgoing Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed and former Attorney-General Tan Seri Abdul Gani Patail on their alleged conspiracy to bring down Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak.
He accused them of either individually or collectively conspiring to topple Najib and the government. Khairul also believed that these individuals provided confidential information and documents to the agencies in the United States (US), including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The timing of Khairul’s police report comes just a week after the US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed civil suits to seize US$1 billion worth of assets it believes were embezzled from 1MDB. It has of course raised many eyebrows and captured the public’s attention. As many can recall these three individuals were part of the special taskforce that was established to investigate 1MDB.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has stated that the police will not summon the three individuals saying that the police wanted to know the basis of Khairul’s claims before proceeding further. Perkasa has described the police case as “insolent” and “shocking.” The non-governmental organization’s integrity, anti-corruption and abuse of power bureau chief Muhammad Faiz Na’aman questioned if Khairul Azwan was acting on instructions and what evidence he has to prove the trio had intentions to topple the prime minister or if the allegation is a concoction.
Meanwhile politicians have also weighed in with PAS’s Pokok Sena Member of Parliament Mahfuz Omar stating the accusation is a “declaration of war against civil servants” while PKR Youth deputy chief Dr Afif Bahardin said the police report is an affront on the integrity of the country’s top institution.
Both Tan Sri Zeti and Tan Sri Abu Kassim have declined to comment while Tan Sri Abdul Gani has described the allegations as a publicity stunt with no substance. While it remains to be seen how the case will progress, the immediate political and public response is quite telling. Many are shocked that the ‘3 Tan Sris’ who have chosen to quietly retire are being dragged back into the limelight.
It has not gone unnoticed to many that these individuals once held important positions that gave them privy to very sensitive information. Yet, throughout their remaining tenure all three had handled a very public scandal in a very diligent manner. Now, Khairul’s police case would only serve to remind the public of how the independence of institutions in the country is being challenged. As the saying goes it would be wise to let sleeping dogs lie. Otherwise this police case would only be stirring up a hornet’s nest.
Khairul Amir is an independent analyst and Malaysian Access reader. Article written is strictly his personal view. Malaysian Access does not necessarily endorse the opinions given by any third party content provider.