PM: Govt won’t interfere in any probe into Pandora Papers

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Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob today gave his commitment that Putrajaya will not interfere in any investigation against individuals whose names were implicated in the Pandora Papers document leak.

He reportedly told a press conference earlier today that the government will leave the matter to the authorities and that they are free to take action should they find evidence of any wrongdoing.

“In this country, we are open. If there is a case against anyone, authorities can take action. We are open and we leave it to the authorities.

“The authorities have been reading all…the MACC reads all the news that has been published.

Pandora Papers probe

“So, it is up to the authorities, we do not stop them from taking action against anyone. But there must be evidence, and if there is no evidence, they cannot (take action),” he said, as reported by Malay language news portal Berita Harian.

The Pandora Papers – a data collection containing 11.9 million documents and 2.9 terabytes of data – were released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to expose alleged corrupt activities of elites worldwide on October 3.

It is the biggest trove of stolen offshore data in history, with papers from offshore service providers in Anguilla, Barbados, Belize, Cyprus, Dubai, Panama, Singapore, Switzerland, Seychelles, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands and Vietnam.

Malaysian figures mentioned in the papers include Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, former finance minister Daim Zainuddin, former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PKR’s Selayang MP William Leong.

Senate president Rais Yatim, who is also Parliament’s Special Committee on Corruption chairman, said a decision has yet to be made on whether the exposé should be scrutinised by Dewan Negara’s Select Committee on Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption.