KUALA LUMPUR: The incredible sums of money deposited in Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal bank accounts from unaccounted sources has everything to do with every Malaysian, warned Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua in a statement. “As the number one public official in the country, the Prime Minister is accountable to every Malaysian.”
“Najib certainly owes the country a thorough explanation on the source and origin of mysterious funds in his personal bank accounts.”
Pua was commenting among others on the Malaysian Insider reporting on Friday that Najib said in an affidavit in the defamation suit against former MCA Chief Ling Liong Sik that “any usage (of the donation) was a matter between the plaintiff (Najib) and the party and has nothing to do with the defendant (Ling)”.
Again, said Pua who is also DAP National Publicity Secretary, before the people were able to obtain a confirmation or denial from Najib on an earlier Sarawak Report expose on SRC International credit cards, the whistleblower website reported on Friday that another USD170 million of foreign deposit entered his personal account in Ambank in 2011.
Najib must come clean on exactly how much unaccounted foreign deposits have been made into his Ambank account(s), added Pua. “The earlier exposed USD681 million has been ‘explained’ as a ‘donation’ from a uber-generous Middle East donor. Is the USD170 million, the latest discovery by the Sarawak Report, another generous donation, this time from global philanthropist, Jho Low?”
Based on an exchange rate of RM4 to the USD, that’s an unbelievable RM3.4 billion of “donations”, pointed out Pua. “How many more billions of donations are there? Najib must come clean instead of waiting for foreign whistleblowers and international financial journals to expose more spellbinding details.”
This time, noted Pua, the USD170 million payment was made by a British Virgin Island registered company, “Blackstone Asia Real Estate Partners Limited”. “The name of the company parallels that of ‘Blackstone Real Estate Asia Partners’, which is part of the global investment fund, Blackstone Group.”
However, the two companies are completely unrelated, charged Pua. “The former has been identified to be linked to the now infamous, Low Taek Jho.”
“The question therefore is, whether there was an attempted impersonation of the actual Blackstone investment fund to pretend that the USD170 million deposited was bona fide investment returns?”
What’s more, added Pua, the Sarawak Report has also presented evidence that Jho Low’s Blackstone also made USD472.75 million to the former Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investment PJS, Khadem Al-Qubaisi. “Khadem Al-Qubaisi has been inextricably involved with many of 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) controversial deals with Aabar and its parent company, International Petroleum Investment Corporation (IPIC), before he was unceremoniously removed last year.”
It has been another week of multiple exposes by the Sarawak Report, lamented Pua. “The people have been repeatedly stunned by the secret alleged excesses and extravagance of the Prime Minister.”
Source from FMT News