PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Claims that 1MDB funds were transferred to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's personal accounts is "political sabotage," says the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
The Wall Street Journal and the Sarawak Report published articles on Friday claiming that almost US$700mil (RM2.63bil) of 1MDB funds had been transferred into the Prime Minister's personal accounts.
"Despite the Prime Minister's successful stewardship of Malaysia's economy against global headwinds - as recognised this week by Fitch's upgrade - there have been concerted efforts by certain individuals to undermine confidence in our economy, tarnish the Government, and remove a democratically elected Prime Minister.
"These latest claims, attributed to unnamed investigators as a basis to attack the Prime Minister, are a continuation of this political sabotage," the PMO said in a statement on Friday.
It said that the criminal leaking of documents, doctoring and extortion have taken place to "mislead the media and public".
"So it is incumbent on responsible members of the media not to accept documents as genuine unless verified by the appropriate authorities," it said.
The Prime Minister's Office also noted that 1MDB had already stated that the company never provided funds to the Najib in a statement that was released earlier on Friday.
Source: The Star