International Asia Former ministers accuse Najib's 2010 Cabinet of 1MDB 'donation' cover-up

Former ministers accuse Najib’s 2010 Cabinet of 1MDB ‘donation’ cover-up

Najib's 2010 Cabinet accused of covering up 1MDB scandal.

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KUALA LUMPUR — Two former ministers in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration has accused the Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s first Cabinet in 2010 of being complicit in hiding the truth behind Yayasan 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) “donation”.

Malaysiakini reported Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar, formerly minister of water, land and natural resources, saying that some in the Cabinet have hidden information from the authorities, and urging for the rest of the ministers to come clean.

“This is definitely hiding information from the authorities to prevent further questions or even investigation by the relevant agencies.

“The question here is if the entire cabinet is implicated in withholding evidence of a crime… then they should all answer for it,” Malaysiakini reported.

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Xavier said the members which included now prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, now PH ally Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal from Parti Warisan Sabah, and Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, should all be held in court.

The 2010 Cabinet was Najib’s first after he took over from Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2009. Najib was also the finance minister, and Muhyiddin was then Najib’s deputy prime minister.

When contacted by the news portal, former primary industries minister Teresa Kok also agreed that the Cabinet members then were complicit in hiding the “donation” from public eyes.

“They were aware of the ‘donation’ and approved for it to be hidden from the knowledge of the government system and the public,” she was quoted saying.

Earlier this week, a High Court hearing heard that Najib as prime minister had claimed to the Cabinet in 2010 that the late Saudi crown prince had donated to 1MDB’s charity arm Yayasan 1MDB.

Former Cabinet deputy chief secretary who minuted Cabinet meetings, Tan Sri Mazidah Abdul Majid, 72, said Najib had also asked the Cabinet not to publicise the purported donation.

Yesterday, Mazidah said no one had ever questioned during Cabinet meetings whether Najib should not sit in the meetings due to possible conflict of interest in his multiple roles in relation to the Finance Ministry-owned firm 1MDB.

Mazidah was testifying as the 11th prosecution witness in Najib’s power abuse and money laundering trial involving more than RM2 billion of 1MDB funds.

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