SEPANG, Sept 28 — Fresh home from abroad, former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin promised today he would share his opinion on the government’s action to detain 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) critic Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan under a controversial anti-terrorism law that provides for detentions without trial up to 29 days.
Muhyiddin, who was removed from Cabinet in July following his own critical views of the debt-riddled state investor, however, played for time when approached by reporters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here upon his return from a conference on global peace in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“I will give a proper statement at the proper time,” he said.
Khairuddin, a former Batu Kawan Umno deputy division chief, is currently being held under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 following a global tour to solicit investigations by other countries into 1MDB, after US-based business daily Wall Street Journal published a series of reports detailing dubious activity allegedly involving the state-owned firm.
Khairuddin had also lodged reports locally against 1MDB late last year, reportedly because criticisms against the state-fund were “ignored” at the time.
His reports are believed to have prompted investigations into 1MDB in Switzerland, the SAR of Hong Kong, the US and the UK.