May 27, 2016 / 10:32 AM / 2 years ago

Malaysian PM says police to investigate Wall Street Journal over leaked document

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Friday the central bank governor has asked the police to investigate the Wall Street Journal for leaking a confidential document related to an inquiry into scandal-hit government fund.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at the 48th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris/File Photo

“They (police) will have to investigate. Publishing confidential documents under OSA (Official Secrets Act) is a very serious action on (their) part. And they must be able to provide us with the answers,” Najib told reporters at a news conference.

Earlier on Friday, the Wall Street Journal published a copy of a letter said to be from Malaysia’s central bank and addressed to Hasan Arifin, the chairman of a parliamentary committee investigating the state investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

When asked if the letter was authentic, Najib said: “I don’t know. Let the police investigate...we need to find out first.”

Bank Negara Malaysia was not immediately available for comment.

A spokeswoman for Dow Jones, which publishes the Wall Street Journal, said: “We stand behind our fair and accurate reporting of this evolving story and remain committed to providing robust coverage of events in Malaysia.”

Reporting by Rozanna Latiff,; writing by Praveen Menon,; editing by Bill Tarrant.

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