Saturday, January 30, 2016
Former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail has refuted speculation about his appointment to the board of wholly-owned Minister of Finance Incorporated subsidiary Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd.
In a text message to Malaysiakini, Gani said he was appointed “long before the investigation into 1MDB”.
A check with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) also confirmed that he was appointed in October 2014.
According to the company website, Gani was listed as its chairperson.
This information made the rounds on social media with some posts querying if this is the reason behind his silence since being replaced as attorney-general last July.
Gani, who was then heading a joint task force investigating 1MDB, was replaced on grounds of poor health.
The move came in the wake of the Wall Street Journal and whistleblower website Sarawak Report exposing the RM2.6 billion and SRC International’s RM24 million which were transferred into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s private bank accounts.
The reports were based on documents leaked by Malaysian investigators.
This ignited speculation that Gani was removed in order to impede investigations, which the government denied.
On Tuesday, Gani’s successor Mohamed Apandi Ali cleared the prime minister of any wrongdoing based on the investigation papers submitted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
Najib has repeatedly denied abusing public funds for personal gain and blamed the allegations of corruption against him on those plotting to topple him from power.