A government audit officer who defied an order to destroy an audit report on 1MDB has been made a Datuk in the Federal Territories Day honours list.
Nor Salwani Muhammad became a public hero last November after she revealed she saved the original audit report on the scandal-hit 1MDB as well as keeping a recording of a meeting which allegedly decided to make amendments to 1MDB’s final audit report.
Her actions had helped to preserve evidence of alleged tampering with the National Audit Department’s report on 1MDB.
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said that his ministry had nominated Nor Salwani Muhammad for the award because of her action, which he said had exposed an abuse of power.
“We wanted to show appreciation for her action in keeping the original 1MDB audit report, although she was told to destroy it.
“We reject any form of abuse of power under the FT Ministry. A civil servant must not protect the ministers in any wrongdoing,” he said today during a Federal Territories Day celebration.
Salwani, who is a director of the National Audit Department, was among 25 people who received the Panglima Mahkota Wilayah award which carries the title of “Datuk” today.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, bestowed the “Datuk” and “Datuk Seri” awards on 188 people today during an investiture ceremony at Istana Melawati here.
Federal Court judge Mohd Zawawi Salleh headed the list. He was awarded the Seri Mahkota Wilayah, which carries the title Datuk Seri.