The public petition urging the White House to reveal the identity of Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) from the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) 1MDB-linked civil lawsuit has failed to garner enough signatures by its deadline.
The petition, which was started on Nov 24, closed today with 25,986 signatures out of the required 100,000 signatures.
The White House is only obligated to respond to any petition that has collected 100,000 signatures or more in 30 days.
As such, the deadline for this petition is today, Dec 24.
The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall’s (KLSCAH) Civil Rights Committee had earlier announced their support of the petition and urged people to sign it.
The DOJ had filed a civil action suit back in July seeking the recovery of over US$1 billion worth of assets and expenditures linked to a money-laundering conspiracy involving 1MDB.
MO1 was mentioned multiple times but was never named in the lawsuit.
The DOJ also said that MO1 received US$731 million in siphoned 1MDB funds, which went through US financial institution.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan has since said that MO1 is Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
However, Najib has consistently denied any wrongdoing and maintains the source of the money was not 1MDB.
He said the funds were not used for personal gains and dismissed the allegations against him as a plot to topple him.
In clearing Najib earlier this year, attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali said the money was a gift from the Saudi royal family, and claimed most of it had subsequently been returned.- Mkini