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NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS theSun ONWEDNESDAY | MAY 23, 2018

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Lowsecured releaseof Shukri’sofficers PETALING JAYA: Former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low ( pix ) yesterday confirmed that Ma- laysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull had approached him for help to secure the release of his officers. “I got back his investigative officers and I supported the investigation to go on and this team is independent. “However, I have no power to tell how and who should be investigated,” he said when contacted by theSun . Low added that

>Shukri gives details of harrowingordeal in handling SRC case

they had divulged to theMACC by other authorities. I was threatenedwith expulsion and transfers and asked to go on early retirement.” A day after meeting former attorney- general Tan Sri Gani Patail to discuss taking the case to court, Gani was removed fromhis position. “I then received information that I would be arrested for conspiring to topple the government. “In the US, I cried like a child because I love theMACC and I felt guilty because I had left my personnel behind and fled Malaysia. “The threats I received onmy life were immensely scary,” he said. He said he was saddened to learn his officers were targeted and transferred out during his absence. “We tried to do the right thing but they came after us. We were fighting for the country to recover themoney that was stolen fromMalaysians but we were accused of being traitors and conspirators.” Mohd Shukri managed to get two former ministers, Datuk Paul Low and Datuk Seri ShahidanKassim, to put a stop to the harassment of his personnel inwhich theymanaged to reinstate the officers transferred. Mohd Shukri said he and Abu Kassim never gave up andmet with several ministers urging them to remove Najib. “Only threeministers, namely Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal andDatuk Seri AhmadHusni Hanadzlahwere brave enough to speak up on the scandal.”

BY CHARLES RAMENDRAN newsdesk@thesundaily.com

PUTRAJAYA: A damning revelation by new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull ( pix ) yesterday detailed a cloak and dagger conspiracy that arose after investigations into the RM42 million scandal of SRC International Sdn Bhdwas concluded in 2015. Mohd Shukri in a press conference at the commission’s headquarters revealed how, fearing for his life, he was forced to flee Malaysia for the US. Mohd Shukri, who retired as the deputy chief commissioner of theMACC two years ago, broke down as he related howhe almost died andwent through a harrowing experience when handling the case together with the thenMACC head Tan Sri Abu KassimMohamed. “I left forWashington but on arrival, I found I was being trailed. I left by train to NewYork andmet a friendwho got me protection from the NewYork Police Department. “They took photos of the person trailing me. I sent the photos toMACC deputy commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri AzamBaki and directed him to send it to the former inspector-general of police and tell him to find a smarter officer to trail me as this one was stupid enough to be spotted.”

he used the appro- priate way to return Shukri’s officers to MACC. He also pointed out that when the 1MDB investigation team was formed, hegavehis blessings for it to proceed with the probe.

Shukri, in his first press conference as MACC chief, said he called up two then ministers, Low and his colleague Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, and told them to put a stop to the harassment of his person- nel. Shahidan, who is Arau MP, could not be reached for comments as he is still in hospital. His condition is said to be improving after being admitted to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital several days ago. It was reported that Shahidan’s press secretary Syed Atif Syed Abu Bakar dis- closed that the former was admitted for cough and flu after contractingan infection that spread to his blood. – by Ashwin Kumar The sum includes payments made to International Petroleum Investment Company PJSC (IPIC) as part of a settlement agreement amounting to RM5.05 billion, After consolidating the financial accounts, the nation’s debt could be more than RM1 trillion, Lim said. “I agree withwhat Tun Mahathir (Mohamad) said, that the debt could bemore after we have consolidated all our accounts,” he added. However, the fundamentals of the government finances remain strong and robust. “We are able to clean up the finances. We will be able to boost public and investor confidence in Malaysia,” he added.

Mohd Shukri said prior to his departure on July 31, 2015, the probe on SRC International, where RM42 millionwas deposited into former primeminister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s personal account, was ongoing. He said Abu Kassimhad directed him to probe the case inwhich they faced dozens of obstacles including being sacked. “The witnesses we wanted to speak to were taken away and also questioned onwhat

1MDBdue interestweighs heavyonLim’smind BY TIMOTHY ACHARIAM newsdesk@thesundaily.com September and November.

to Arul Kanda to brief and clarify if 1MDB is able to pay the above sumnext week.” Limalso revealed that senior Treasury officials, such as Deputy Treasurer- General Datuk Siti ZauyahMohamadDesa and Auditor-General Tan Sri Madinah Mohamad, were blocked fromaccessing

fromcarrying out their professional responsibilities with integrity.” He saidmost of the “red files” had to dowith 1MDB. “1MDB is amain factor that some of this informationwas not fully disclosed. We nowwant everything to be an open book. I have directed that all accounts be accessible to both the Treasury and the auditor-general in the interest of competency, accountability and transparency,” he said. Lim said it is clear the previous government has conducted an exercise of deception to the public about hot button issues like 1MDB, and evenmisrepresented the financial situation to Parliament.

“If 1MDB can’t come upwith themoney, they have towrite to us andwe will have to pay the sum,” he said at a press conference yesterday. “Arul Kanda Kandasamy remains the 1MBD chief executive officer and to date he has said that

PUTRAJAYA: LimGuan Eng ( pix ) had his hands full on his first day of work as financeminister yesterday, with the interest accrued on 1MDB’s borrowings being one of themost urgent matters to be resolved. The state investment arm is due to pay RM143.75 million in interest onMay 30, failing which the government would have tomake the payment. Lim revealed that almost RM7 billion had been paid by the ministry to service 1MDB’s interest so far, and some RM810million in payments are due between PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said claims by former premier Datuk Seri NajibAbdul Razak that the RM2.6 billion found in his personal ac- count was a donation by an Arab prince is highly questionable. Mohd Shukri said during the probe on the scandal, MACC investigators went to the Middle East to meet the supposed “prince” andwere not convinced the sum was a donation. “Wewere introduced to aman and was told that he was the royaltywhodonated the sum. The “prince” admitted he made the personal donation to Najib. However, when we asked him for proof or the documents to sub- stantiate this, he could not pro-

they are fully capable of servicing their debts and obligations. I have also requested the directors of 1MDB, Datuk Kamal Ali andDatuk Norazman Ayob, to brief the ministry. I have given instructions

certain accounts and reports, mostly concerning 1MDB. “There were also complaints that certain red files were only accessible to certain parties which impeded officials and auditors

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duce any. Hence, it is question- able the amount is a donation. Let me reiterate that this RM2.6 billion scandal is not fictitious, it exists and it’s a true story. The case is just too big to protect. Who will want to give RM2.6 billion? If it’s RM2.6 million it might still be believable but RM2.6 billion, there is nobody in theworldwho isgenerous enough to give that sum “ he said at a press conference yesterday. Mohd Shukri said the probe will continue and investigators have completed gathering do- mestic evidence or statement recordings of local witnesses. He said investigators will venture overseas to record the statements of foreign witnesses in the next phase of the probe before concluding the case.

NO QUESTIONS PLEASE ... Former premier Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak leaving theMalaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters yesterday after hewas quizzed over the SRC International Sdn Bhd financial scandal. Najib arrived about 9.40amand left some five hours later at about 3.15pm.

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