KUALA LUMPUR: The final audit report on 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) that was tabled to the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PC) in March 2016 was full of integrity and veracity.
Former Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang stated this in his witness statement during the Najib-Arul Kanda trial at Kuala Lumpur High Court on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.
Due to its unquestionable integrity and truthfulness, he said that the final audit report was used to facilitate investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and police on 1MDB.
“Although there were eleventh hour amendments, the final audit report was definitely a report of full integrity that was used as the basis of investigations by all relevant bodies.
“The audit report contained many red flags and give rise to suspicion of criminal wrongdoings in 1MDB.
“I stand-by to the fact that the final audit report on 1MDB was a report of full integrity and veracity,” testified Ambrin, 70, before Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan on the 5th hearing day of the trial.
“Once finalised and printed, the National Audit Department’s (NAD) final audit report on 1MDB was never amended.”
Although certain paragraphs were omitted from the 1MDB audit report, Ambrin said that the NAD had thoroughly elucidated the amendments in detail to BNM, MACC and police after the final report was tabled to PAC.
The 6th prosecution witness’ testimony proved that despite all the allegations of tampering, the final 1MDB audit report did not hide the truth nor had compromised the principles of honesty and trustworthiness.
It’s shocking that this crucial testimonial evidence was not reported by virtually all the media organisations including those claiming to be independent and advocate of truth and honest reporting.
Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been charged for allegedly tampering the 1MDB final audit report together with the government-link company’s former chief executive officer (CEO) Arul Kanda Kandasamy.
Najib, 66, is being accused of using his position to order amendments to the 1MDB final audit report before it was tabled to the PAC to avoid any action against him.
He was charged, in his capacity as a public officer, which was as the prime minister, with using the position to obtain gratification for himself, which was to evade disciplinary, civil or criminal action against him in connection with 1MDB, by ordering alterations to the 1MDB final audit report before it was finalised and tabled to the PAC, where he directly had interest in.
The Pekan MP was accused of committing the offence at the Prime Minister’s Department Complex, Federal Government’s Administrative Centre, the Federal Territory of Putrajaya between Feb 22 and 26, 2016.
Arul Kanda, 43, was charged with abetting Najib in making amendments to the report to protect Najib from being subjected to disciplinary, civil or criminal action in connection with 1MDB, at the same place and time and in accordance with Section 28(1)(c) of the MACC Act read with Section 23(1) and 24(1) of the same act which provides for similar punishment, if found guilty.
Both their offences are punishable under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 with a maximum 20-year jail term, and a fine of at least five times the amount of gratification or RM10,000 or whichever is higher.
Former Federal Court Judge Datruk Seri Gopal Sri Ram is leading the prosecution team together with deputy public prosecutors Datuk Nik Suhaimi Nik Sulaiman, Mohammad Al-Saifi Hashim, Ahmad Akram, Rozaliana Zakaria, Mohamad Mustaffa P Kunyalam, Hazmida Harris Lee, Nadia Zulkefli, Tan Song Yan, Fatimah Hannah Abd Wahab, Munira Syahirah Mohamad Kamal, Nur Syakirin Yaccob and Wafa Zainal Abidin.
Najib is represented by lawyers Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah,
Harvinderjit Singh, Wan Aizuddin Wan Mohammed, Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee and Syahirah Hanapiah while Arul Kanda is represented by counsels Datuk N. Sivananthan, Jasmine Cheong and Dhanyaa Shreeya Sukumar. – 28 November 2019.