The Malaysian government must see the documents cited in a recent Wall Street Journal implicating the former administration in corrupt activity with Chinese officials before it can state its position, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Until they are seen and verified, the report “is just a story in the press,” said Mahathir to The Star.
“We need to find the documents to be used as proof that this actually happened.”
Earlier this week, the Journal reported that senior officials from Beijing offered to bail out Malaysia’s scandal-plagued sovereign wealth fund – nicknamed 1MDB – in return for China-led investment deals in the region and access to strategically important ports.
China has rejected the allegations presented in the article, and ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak has denied all claims of corruption against him during his office.