Political analyst points out the possible ramifications of the statement by the Saudi Minister who confirmed that the controversial RM2.6 billion was not a donation or from the Saudi Government.
KUALA LUMPUR: What now, asks Shahbudin Husin the political analyst in his latest blog posting. “What comes next?,” in RM2.6 billion donation saga.
He was pointing to the possible ramifications of the statement by the Saudi Minister who had confirmed that the controversial RM2.6 billion was not a donation or from the Saudi Government. “The New York Times (NYT) reported the Saudi Minister as saying that the RM2.6 billion was from a Saudi individual and that it was for the purpose of investment.”
“What has happened now? Who has been lying? Who has been caught not telling the truth?”
Since the RM2.6 billion was not a donation, and it was deposited in Najib’s personal accounts, noted the analyst, even more questions arise like for what investment the money was meant and why keep them in the Prime Minister’s personal accounts.
“If only USD620 million (RM2.03 billion) was returned, as claimed by Attorney-General (AG) Mohd Apandi Ali, what happened to the remainder of the RM2.6 billion?”
Even more important, said the analyst, what becomes of the statement by the AG clearing Najib of any criminal wrongdoing. “He claimed that the RM2.6 billion was a donation and that the bulk of it had been returned as it was purportedly not used.”
Following the statement by Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir that the USD681 million (RM2.6 billion) deposited in Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal accounts was not a political donation, reiterated the analyst, the jury may no longer be out on the authoritativeness or otherwise of the AG’s recent controversial decision on the matter.
He recalled the recent history on the controversy, at first it was denied, lawsuits were threatened, it was said that he (Najib) could not be so stupid as to keep so much money in his personal accounts in the country, and so on and so forth, in fact all sorts of other denials were made.
When it was no longer possible to deny the existence of the RM2.6 billion, said the analyst, the story emerged that it was a political donation and that Najib had the right to accept donations from anywhere to help fight terrorism. “DAP was also blamed.”
“The donation was also said to be used to help promote the struggle of the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah school of Islam. Also given, were so many other reasons for the donation.”
Shahbudin recalls that it was also said that the RM2.6 billion was for Umno’s political struggle which needed a lot of money, and that Najib as the Umno President was only acting as trustee of the money and that he never took public funds for personal use or gain. “In clearing Najib’s name from all criminal charges, Apandi Ali claimed the RM2.6 billion was from the Saudi royal family and that RM2.03 billion had been returned because it was not used.”
“It was never disclosed who the Saudi royal family member was who purportedly gave the money. It was the international media that speculated on the possibility that perhaps it was from the late King Abdullah who died in January last year.”
Source from FMT NEWS