Azmin: Declassify the AG’s Report

I call on Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Razak to immediately order the declassification of the Auditor-General’s report in the interest of transparency, accountability and good governance.

Failure to do so will only serve to reinforce the belief of a conspiracy at the highest levels to cover up the 1MDB scandal.

The Official Secrets Act is a piece of legislation that is intended to safeguard national security and ensure that sensitive intelligence and other confidential information does not fall into undesirable hands.

By no stretch of the imagination can it be argued that the AG’s findings on 1MDB be justifiably classified within this category of sensitive information. Continuing to classify it as such is therefore a blatant abuse of power and executive authority in a manner and degree unprecedented in the history of our nation.

It is most regrettable that instead of listening to the rakyat to do the right thing, the powers that be have doubled down on their threat to prosecute for treason the leaking of the 1MDB report. This is yet another instance of the arrogance of power which is now symptomatic of an administration which considers itself above the law and the requirements of transparency and accountability.

It should be remembered that exposing the truth of the massive 1MDB scandal is not a political game but a duty incumbent on all leaders be they from the government or the opposition. Transparency is sunlight, which is said to be the best of disinfectants against corruption and shady dealings.