Najib Razak Still Insists RM2.6 Billion Was A Donation

The former PM said that Bank Negara Malaysia knew about the money.

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Najib Razak Still Insists RM2.6 Billion Was A Donation
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Whether you believe it or not, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak still wants you to know that the RM2.6 billion found in his personal bank account several years ago was a donation.

He told Malaysiakini that the suspicious amount was gift from the Saudi royal family and RM2.5 billion out of that had been returned to them after the 13th General Election, as reported by The Star.

He explained that the donation came after a meeting with the late Saudi ruler King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud and that he had requested the king to support the Malaysian government.

He also insisted that Bank Negara Malaysia was aware of the money that was coming in at the time and the relevant authorities were already informed.

Najib said that then Bank Negara Malaysia governor was aware about the donation.
"I used the money for the election (GE13) and after the election, the (balance of the) money was returned," he told the portal.

Najib also added that the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) had already acknowledged the money that was returned to the donour.

"If the intention was to steal, why would I use a local bank account in my own name?" he stressed.

He decided to return the money because he didn't feel comfortable keeping such a large sum and he wasn't confident of the integrity of the system.

Najib may face charges of money laundering soon.
"I thought in subsequent elections, if I needed (funds) I could always go back (to the source)," he said, as quoted by the portal.

Ultimately, Najib is confident that there are letters and documents to prove the movement of funds. The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia has also publicly confirm the donation.

Fingers crossed, let's hope the investigation on this high-profile scandal will reveal more truth in the weeks to come.

Because Malaysia really needs some good international headlines right now.

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