KUALA LUMPUR:- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak warned parties against defaming him and his family in connection with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
He expressed regret that a report by a newspaper which was the official voice of the opposition had published a false report on Feb 19 and described the article as irresponsible and a lie.
“Indeed what is written in the HarakahDaily article “Dana 1MDB biayai syarikat filem Riza Aziz (Bhg 2) (1MDB funds finance Riza Aziz flim company (Part 2)) that was published on Feb 19 was a slander by irresponsible parties
that was nothing more than lies, not based on facts and had no concrete evidence.
“As a citizen of this country Malaysia, I have the right to defend myself and my family from bad slanders using the legal system of the country,” he said in his Facebook account Najib Razak, late tonight.
Najib said he had ordered his lawyer to take legal action to summon the
opposition newspaper to retract the article.
“I wiah to stress here 1MDB is a strategic development company owned by the Malaysian government and I will definitely not allow anyone to use or misuse any public funds for personal interests or profits,” he said.
He said as prime minister, he was prepared to receive constructive criticism but “would not stay quiet or compromise if wild allegations that were baseless were being hurled at his family.”
Yesterday Najib had submitted a letter of demand to HarakahDaily on the defamatory stateement in the acticle on the 1MDB funds in its website.
It was handed over to Harakah managing director Dr Rosli Yaakop and HarakahDaily editor-in-chief Taufek Yahya.
According to Tetuan Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak, the legal firm that represented Najib, the letter of demand was filed in his personal capacity based on the report “Dana 1MDB biayai syarikat filem Riza Aziz (Bhg 2) on Feb 19. – BERNAMA