PUTRAJAYA — The police will use the Official Secrets Act (OSA) to probe Sarawak Report if the document allegedly leaked by the whistleblower site is truly the classified federal audit on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said he will first verify if the purported document is the Auditor-General’s report on the sovereign investment firm.
“Actually we are also uncertain whether the document published by Sarawak Report is genuine or not, whether it is a document by the Auditor-General or Sarawak Report got it from somewhere or someone sent to them, or they amended and they publish.
“So let me talk to the Auditor-General to verify whether that document is truly the Auditor-General’s report that has been classified as an official secret,” he told reporters here.
“If it is genuine, we will investigate under OSA,” he added.
Khalid also advised the public against believing Sarawak Report’s articles.
“This Sarawak Report, it’s not as if it’s trustworthy. Don’t believe it so much, there are several times where it made incorrect statements. It intentionally wants to create chaos in this country,” he said.
Asked if the police would call in Sarawak Report’s editor for investigations, Khalid said it would be tough to do so.
“She is based in UK so it is a bit hard if we want to call her. People like her like to slander, they live far away so they make all sorts of allegations. They know we can’t call them,” he said in Bahasa Malaysia without naming the editor.
“So we have to be a bit cautious when reading online news from abroad, particularly Sarawak Report,” he added.
On Wednesday, Sarawak Report claimed to be in possession of the classified Auditor-General’s report on 1MDB, also publishing alleged details from the report today.
The report was prepared by Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang’s department for the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) probe on 1MDB, and was classified under OSA at his request.
The document remains classified despite the tabling of the PAC report on 1MDB in Parliament. Access to the report is limited and even PAC members are not allowed copies.
Sarawak Report had also published on Wednesday what it claimed to be a letter from Bank Negara Malaysia to PAC chairman Datuk Hasan Ariffin that was related to the committee’s probe on 1MDB.
Sarawak Report was blocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission for publishing “unverified” news last year, and access to the website remains restricted from within Malaysia. – SG News Yahoo.com