Irwan was allegedly involved with the Malaysian startup ecosystem’s controversy. According to some viral screenshots of WhatsApp messages, Irwan had ceased funding the 1Malaysia Entrepreneurs (1MET) programme after the 1MET chief organiser, Nadira Yusoff, expressed her awe for Tun M via a Facebook post before the 14th general election.
Apparently, Nadira was called out in a WhatsApp group chat titled “M’sian Startup Ecosystem” for supporting Tun M when she had benefited a lot from the (previous) government. “You are taking my one post, about my admiration, on his fighting spirit, to punish me? That is very unfair, Tan Sri,” Nadira retaliated.
“No point discussing anymore. Decision already being made.” “I’m very disappointed. Don’t ever come to me for help. All those who think she is right, better resign from Govt,” Dr Mohd Irwan allegedly replied. “Action will be taken against you immediately,” he said, refusing to accept her apology.
Though Nadia has refused to address this controversy to the press, she has expressed her gratitude in a Facebook post on Sunday (13 May 2018) for the public’s love and support following the controversy.
Irwan to face charges over 1MDB dealings with IPIC
Irwan is expected to present himself at the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya about 2pm today to answer more questions about 1MDB’s dealings with International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC), in particular, the circumstances surrounding the Treasury authorisation of debt payments by the former to the latter.
It is understood that Irwan, who is expected to be arrested by the commission today, has had several sessions with MACC in recent weeks pertaining to the case, although this had gone unreported.
The commission is also calling in his former boss, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also former prime minister, to answer some questions today.