KUALA LUMPUR: The government must take steps to resolve the controversies surrounding 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) because they will become a burden to UMNO which is the backbone of the government, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin, who is also Barisan Nasional (BN) deputy chairman and UMNO deputy president, said if the issues became prolonged, it would erode confidence in the BN government among party members and thus affect the coalition’s chances of getting a simple majority in the next general election.
“The issues must be resolved without delay…if not it will be burdensome…to solve also has become a headache with the depreciation in the ringgit. We are talking about billions here.”
Closing Cheras UMNO’s delegates meeting here tonight, Muhyiddin reiterated that he wanted to clarify the matter because the people were asking many questions pertaining to 1MDB.
He said the problems plaguing 1MDB also had a negative impact on investors which could affect the nation’s economy.
At the same time, Muhyiddin said the special task force set up to investigate the dealings of 1MDB should not be disturbed so that the investigation process could be expedited.
“Already some people have been remanded, there has been action taken …I hope this will continue because the sooner the controversies are settled the better for the party and government,” he said.
Muhyiddin also suggested that the interim report on 1MDB be made public so that the people knew what really happened.
“This will also help prevent the issue from being twisted around. As leaders we must live up to the trust people have placed in us. They placed the trust in us to administer the country and its wealth, the
people want to know how we are managing the wealth for them,” he said.-BERNAMA