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Arrests of 1MDB criminals a matter of time: Rewcastle-Brown

New Straits Times logoNew Straits Times 14/9/2018 Mohamed Basyir
a woman standing in front of a laptop: During a question and answer session at the launch of her book The Sarawak Report: The Inside Story of the 1MDB Expose here yesterday, Rewcastle-Brown expressed satisfaction over recent developments in the case. Pix by Ramdzan Masiam © Provided by Media Prima During a question and answer session at the launch of her book The Sarawak Report: The Inside Story of the 1MDB Expose here yesterday, Rewcastle-Brown expressed satisfaction over recent developments in the case. Pix by Ramdzan Masiam

GEORGE TOWN: Sarawak Report founder and editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown, who has reported extensively on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, believes that the authorities will begin taking action against parties involved in the multi-billion ringgit scam.

During a question and answer session at the launch of her book The Sarawak Report: The Inside Story of the 1MDB Expose here yesterday, Rewcastle-Brown expressed satisfaction over recent developments in the case.

“People think that things are not happening fast enough, but I believe we will (finally) see action now.

“It is going to take longer – it is a global world-beating record theft, after all,” she said at the launch of her 528-page book detailing her investigation into one of the world’s biggest corruption scandals at the Penang Institute.

About 5,000 copies of the book have been sold in Malaysia since its official launch this week.

To a question on whether she will share more information on the case to local investigating authorities, Rewcastle-Brown said that she would prefer to sit back and let the law take its course.

“Previously, the authorities did not take action for obvious reasons.

“But officials now are better placed to get details on the case (now),” she added.

Rewcastle-Brown also shared intimidating incidents she endured as she pursued the case, beginning in 2013.

“At one point, there were always beefy men wherever I went, even when I had coffee at cafes.

“Most of them were always pretending to be doing something like reading, but they weren’t.

“There were instances when my neighbours could spot dark-coloured limos near my house and they were alarmed by the surveillance – but I persisted,” she added.

The 1MDB scandal is widely considered to be a major factor in the toppling of Barisan Nasional and former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the 14th general election on May 9 this year.

Rewcastle-Brown had played a key role in uncovering the facts behind the 1MDB scandal, including disclosing the identity of the key man behind the scandal, Jho Low.

Yesterday, police revealed that US$972 million (RM2.973 billion) was transferred into Najib’s personal AmIslamic Bank account.

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