A statement by Prime Minister's Office this evening said the Prime Minister, (Datuk Seri) Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, had ordered the Auditor-General to verify 1MDB’s accounts “although no wrongdoing has been found in the company.”
The statement said this was decided at the Cabinet meeting, where 1MDB's management and its external auditors, Deloitte, were called to brief the ministers.
It added that the Auditor General’s report would be passed, for transparent inspection, to the Public Accounts Committee, which is fully bipartisan and reflects Parliament’s composition.
The Deepak-Bank Rakyat Scandal
In an unrelated development, former Agriculture Minister, (Tan Sri) Sanusi Junid, launched a book titled "Membongkar Skandal Deepak & Bank Rakyat" (Exposing the Deepak & Bank Rakyat Scandal) in Petaling Jaya.
The book was authored by writer/blogger Shahbudin Husin based on interviews with the former Bank Rakyat’s Chairman, (Tan Sri) Sabbaruddin Chik.
|Shahbudin, Sanusi and Sabbaruddin at the launch|
Shahbudin exposed the role played by carpet trader Deepak Jaikishan and Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism (Datuk Seri) Hasan Malek in the scandal. The former was given “an easy loan” of RM32 million plus by the cooperative bank, allegedly at Hasan’s behest.
Sabbaruddin’s term as Chairman of the bank was not extended although Bank Negara had approved an extension after he objected to the alleged interference by Hasan in Deepak’s loan application.
The book also exposed the once close relationship between the carpet trader and Prime Minister’s wife, (Datin Seri Paduka) Rosmah Mansor. However, after a fallout, Deepak publish an online expose on Rosmah entitled “The Black Rose” with a promise of a follow up.
There wasn’t a follow-up. Instead Deepak’s business problems involving an Umno Wanita leader, Raja Ropiaah, was sorted out and he went on to receive the Bank Rakyat loan.