KUALA LUMPUR - Tan Seng Giaw (DAP-Kepong) today said Prime Minister Najib Razak should not be held accountable for the scandals surrounding 1MDB.
This contradicts the stand of his fellow DAP member, Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, who stated that Najib was to blame for all the shenanigans in the debt-ridden firm.
Tan said 1MDB’s management should be held responsible for the problems in the state-owned firm.
“No. We have looked at all of it. We saw that he (Najib) was not directly involved. It is only that his name came up as a member of the advisory board.
“After that, there was nothing. Mostly, it involved the management. This is the rule of law. You can’t condemn a person until he is proven guilty,” he told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby today.
When asked on why Najib’s name was mentioned in the PAC report on alleged mismanagement in 1MDB, Tan said this was because the prime minister was the chairperson of 1MDB’s advisory board.
“This is what you are referring to really. But in dealing with the investigation, the prime minister was not actually involved in those things. But he is the chairman of the advisory board.
“They (1MDB management) are the people who ran things. So it is these people that we have to probe. This will be the correct thing to do.
“Legally speaking, how can you take action on people who have done nothing?
“Let us look at the people who are directly involved. What actually went right and went wrong? That will be the first step to take.
“In Malaysia, we should practise the rule of law. No one is guilty until proven guilty.”
When asked for his opinion whether Najib had anything to do with 1MDB’s management, Tan said the firm was run by the management, not Najib.
“No, we cannot say that (the prime minister is involved in 1MDB). We can’t say anything (like that). The company was run by the management.
“The CEO ran the business, with the board of directors looking over his shoulder,” Tan added.