PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang is calling for a royal commission of inquiry to probe a claim that a plan to arrest Najib Razak over the 1MDB scandal in 2015 had been foiled by the sacking of two senior civil servants.
The DAP supremo said that he too had been told of Najib’s impending arrest then, which he had described as the “Week of Long Knives of July 2015”.
“Malaysians have a right to know what happened,” he said in a statement, referring to the claim made by a former aide to Najib in a book he authored.
“And only a Royal Commission of Inquiry can undertake the job.”
Lim had previously called for an RCI to look into the “Week of Long Knives of July 2015”.
Earlier today, FMT reported a plot to arrest Najib in the middle of a Cabinet meeting which was foiled a day before it was supposed to be carried out.
Romen Bose, who worked as Najib’s political communications adviser, claims in a forthcoming book that a coup planned by “the Three Tan Sris” was to take place on July 29, 2015.
The plotters allegedly included then Bank Negara Malaysia governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail and ex-Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief Abu Kassim Mohamed.
Zeti and Gani were key members of a 1MDB Task Force set up to investigate claims made by the Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report about Najib’s involvement in looting the state fund. Abu Kassim was an adviser to the task force.
Others allegedly involved in the plot included Muhyiddin Yassin, Najib’s deputy at the time, and Shafie Apdal, who was serving as rural and regional development minister.
According to Bose, Najib knew of the plot and on the eve of the planned arrest, Gani, Muhyiddin and Shafie were told that they would be replaced.