Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia's argument that discussion of the 1MDB scandal in Parliament would affect the court case in the US could also apply to local investigators, said an MP.
Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said if Pandikar's claim were true, then investigations abroad could also affect case here made against the scandal-hit Finance Ministry sovereign fund.
"Let me remind Pandikar that 1MDB is the prime subject of investigations into money-laundering and fraud in at least six countries, including Switzerland, Singapore and the US.
"If his theory of sub judice is correct, we can then rely on what public statements have been made by investigators in the six countries as proof to convict […] the one popularly known as 'Malaysian Official 1' in our Malaysian courts," said Lim in a statement today.
Lim said based on the speaker's "wisdom" Bank Negara could use the explanations in the Singapore Central Bank's documents to initiate proceedings against local banks linked to 1MDB or its subsidiaries to transfer large sums into Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal accounts.
Last Thursday Pandikar barred questions on the growing 1MDB scandal saying it would be sub judice, as the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) could cite the Hansard in its US forfeiture hearings.
Former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram said Pandikar's argument was legally incorrect.
Former Court of Appeal judge Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus concurred, telling Malaysiakini the question of sub judice does not arise at all.
He said this is because the case is being heard in the US, not Malaysia.
Not America's 51st state
Lim reminded Pandikar Singapore this month ordered Falcon Bank to close its local branch and pay a S$4.3 million fine.
"Two bank officers were charged in Singapore over various crimes linked to the 1MDB scandal.
"Earlier this month the Swiss attorney-general also alleged 1MDB and its subsidiaries were involved in a ponzi-like scheme," said Lim.
He quipped Pandikar should be reminded Malaysia isn't the US' 51st state."Therefore to debate the DOJ civil suit involving 1MDB in Parliament is not sub judice at all," he said.
In July the US DOJ launched what it described as one of the largest single action ever brought under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, involving approximately US$1 billion worth of assets allegedly taken from 1MDB.
"The Malaysian people were defrauded on an enormous scale (in) a scheme in which tentacles reached around the world," deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Andrew McCabe had said.
However, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had said that the DOJ action does not involve him.
While the court filings do not mention the prime minister directly, it does cite an unnamed 'Malaysian Official 1' 36 times. -Mkini