KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 (Bernama) — The Prime Minister’s Office today advised all quarters, more so members of the administration including Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to wait for the outcome of the investigation into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad issue.
It said they should refrain from making any statement that could worsen public perception towards the national leadership, government and UMNO.
“Insyallah (God willing), if we remain calm and united, we can overcome this challenge and maintain the people’s support for the government and party.
“The people’s support for the government and party will be eroded if we quarrel among ourselves,” it said in a statement.
Yesterday, Muhyiddin, when closing the Cheras UMNO Division delegates meeting, urged the government to immediately provide a conclusive explanation regarding the controversy involving 1MDB to end the confusion of the people and ensure that the issue did not become a burden to the party.
The PMO said the government had taken appropriate action to address the allegations and concerns raised by various parties on the 1MDB issue.
This included a Cabinet directive for an investigation by the Auditor-General and the Public Accounts Committee, it said, adding that in addition, a fact sheet on 1MDB was circulated to all the Cabinet ministers.
The PMO also stressed that the investigation was underway and the Special Task Force must be given room to carry out its duty.
It said the “baseless” accusations made by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, including the “loss” of RM42 billion from 1MDB despite the government having explained the matter, “also contributed to the erosion of confidence in the government and the party”.
“The government hopes that all parties will patiently wait for the outcome of the ongoing investigation into 1MDB,” the PMO said.
“This is to determine the validity of the numerous allegations. At the same time, we want to avoid making statements that could jeopardise the stability of the government and unity of the party and the country.”