Malaysia sets up task force to probe 1MDB scandal

Venting over 1MDB in November 2016

Shukri was the deputy chief of the MACC under Najib, and spearheaded the investigation into what happened to the billions of dollars that were embezzled out of the 1MDB government fund, which was set up and overseen by Najib in 2009.

"We had our own intelligence sources, that I would be arrested and locked up, because I was accused as being part of a conspiracy to bring down the government", said Shukri, nearly breaking down into tears as he described having to flee to Washington out of a fear for his life. The government has also told the current attorney general, who cleared Razak of wrongdoing in 2016, to go on leave, and has relieved the country's treasury chief, who is also the 1MDB chairman. "I never even made a police report".

"We wanted to bring back money that was stolen back to our country".

"I pray that after this divisive period, the country will unite", he said.

In 2015 the anti-corruption agency began a probe on SRC International following allegations it had transferred millions of ringgit into Najib's private accounts.

Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull was speaking after ousted Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrived at the headquarters of the MACC, which has ordered him to explain a suspicious transfer of RM42 million into his bank account.




But long-simmering resentment over its oppressive tactics and corruption sent the party to a resounding defeat at the hands of a coalition led by 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad, a longtime UMNO leader and former prime minister.

The money was in addition to about $700 million that US investigators said ended in Najib's bank account.

Malaysia's new administration came to power earlier this month in a shock victory and quickly reopened investigations into the fund, whose full name is 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

"The government hopes the setting up of this task force, comprising a multi-agency enforcement unit, will help restore the dignity of Malaysia that has been tainted by the 1MDB kleptocracy scandal", said Mahathir's office.

The US Department of Justice refers to Najib as "Malaysian Official Number 1" in its anti-kleptocracy investigation into 1MDB.

These complaints alleged that more than $4.5 billion was diverted from 1MDB and laundered through a web of shell companies and bank accounts located in the United States and elsewhere. "Whenever possible, recovered assets will be used to benefit the people harmed by these acts of corruption and abuse of office".

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