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Ex-Auditor-General Ambrin questioned by MACC over alleged tampering of 1MDB report

November 27, 2018

PUTRAJAYA: Former Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang (pic) has been called up by anti-corruption investigators over the alleged tampering of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) audit report.

Sources in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said Ambrin arrived at the commission’s headquarters here at 3.15pm on Monday (Nov 26).

MACC had said in a statement on Sunday that it will probe allegations that the final audit report on 1MDB was altered.

The statement came after current Auditor-General Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad revealed that several changes were made to the final report.

This included removing paragraphs mentioning the presence of businessman Jho Low (Low Taek Jho) at a 1MDB board of directors meeting as well as 1MDB’s financial status.

She said the directive to make the changes had come from Tan Sri Shukry Salleh, the former principal private secretary of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Feb 26, 2016.

The grounds for Shukry’s directive was that it was a “sensitive” issue and to prevent it from being “manipulated” by the then opposition parties.

On March 4, 2016, Ambrin presented the 1MDB final audit report to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Dr Madinah added that she briefed the Cabinet at its meeting on Friday (Nov 23) on the amendments to the 1MDB final audit report, that was presented to the PAC on March 4, 2016.

Dr Madinah said the original 1MDB final audit report, without the amendments and removal of paragraphs, was handed over to the MACC and the police this year for their action.

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