Sometimes my friends laughed at me when I told them I don't write much about the 1MDB issue because I don't really understand it.
They said I'm dense.
Well, I don't mind them calling me that. I can managed my ego. I just don't like to pretend to know something which I actually am ignorant about.
For instance, if I have never been on the political battleground of Johor or even live in the state, I would not try to pretend to be a political expert of Johor and advise Johor Umno to kick out half of its members just simply because they disagree with the party leadership over something.
Either you are with us or against us, remember?
Unless of course if I'm a DAP undercover operative working inside the Umno camp trying to create havoc within the party.
Anyway, the 1MDB issue is complex, so I prefer to let those who really know about it do the explaining.
I would try to listen and understand as much as I can.
As to why I still don't understand it, it's because there are so many conflicting explanations and reports
The other day an accountant friend who is a prominent blogger told me that the 1MDB money was not stolen but the very next day another accountant friend who is also an equally prominent blogger told me otherwise.
Both had insisted that they were right.
There are so many of these conflicting stories being told that I don't know which to believe.
Just look at these two reports by national news agency Bernama.
This is a report yesterday
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1MDB: RMP SEEKS MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE REQUEST TO US AUTHORITIES
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 2 (Bernama) -- The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) have sent a mutual legal assistance request to the United States' (US) authorities to record statements from witnesses in the country in connection with investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
He said the request was the beginning of the second phase of PDRM's investigation.
"We have sent a request to the (US) authorities to record statements from witnesses there and it will take a long time.
"As for the first phase of the 1MDB investigation, the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) has returned the investigation papers to us because there are things that need to be reviewed.
"The AGC had also directed a number of things to be done...so we will take action as directed before re-submitting the investigation papers to them," he told a press conference after an appreciation ceremony to thank officials who handled the 36th ASEANAPOL Conference, in Bukit Aman here today.
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Asked on whether police would be conduction an investigation based on the report of the US Department of Justice (DoJ) regard misappropriation of 1MDB funds, Khalid said PDRM would not interfere in the matter.
"The action by the United States is civil lawsuits, PDRM will not intervene and do not try to associate us with politics.
"Our job is to safeguard the country's security and order and don't drag us to (make) political statements," he said.
The DoJ had recently filed civil lawsuits to seize assets said to have been acquired with money allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB, a government strategic investment fund.
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And this is a report today,
1MDB: IGP DENIES SEEKING MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE WITH USA
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 (Bernama) -- Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has denied that the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) is seeking Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) with the United States to interview witnesses overseas relating to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) investigation.
Khalid affirmed that several reports published by the media today was incorrect.
"This is false, and I did not say this...earlier today I was just explaining the process if an investigation were to be conducted outside Malaysia.
"Namely, in the event of us seeking to take witness statements overseas, PDRM would follow the required international protocols and seek MLA under the guidance of the Attorney General's Chambers," he said in the statement today.
Khalid said PDRM was satisfied with the progress made relating to 1MDB investigation and was hoping to conclude the investigation as soon as possible.
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As the investigation was ongoing, all parties should refrain from any reporting that could be prejudicial, he said.
"Failure to do so will result in action from PDRM in accordance with the law," he said.
Khalid added that PDRM had completed the first phase of its investigation into 1MDB, which is based on the bi-partisan Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report.
He said the investigation papers had been passed to AG Chambers and discussed.
"The AG Chambers has returned the papers and requested further investigations, which PDRM will implement," he added.
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See, it's all very confusing.
How can they make such a mistake?
That's why I said the 1MDB issue is very complicated.
Even the IGP and Bernama got it all mixed up.
I hope those responsible in clearing up the mess can get their acts together so that we, the ordinary rakyat would not get all muddled up by the issue.