After a long eight months of political roller coaster tumbles around several very sharp and precarious twists, the Attorney General finally released the statement that Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is cleared of criminal wrong doings in the USD681million ‘donation’ from West Asia, initially raised by WSJ and echoed by Sarawak Report.
AG’s Chambers clears Najib of wrongdoing in donation, SRC International cases
BY AZURA ABAS AND FAZLEENA AZIZ – 2
6 JANUARY 2016 @ 12:20 PM KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General’s Chambers today cleared Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of any criminal wrongdoing in the case involving a donation from the Middle East, as well as that involving SRC International.
The AG’s Chambers will also return the three investigation papers on the cases, and has instructed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to close the IPs.
In a surprise press conference this morning, Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said their investigation had showed that the prime minister had committed no wrongdoing in the cases.
“I am satisfied that based on the evidence submitted to me by MACC, the sum of UDS681 million (RM2.08 billion) transferred into the personal account of the prime minister between March 22 to April 10 in 2013 was a personal donation from the Saudi royal family, given without any consideration.
“I am satisfied that there was no evidence to show that the donation was a form of gratification given corruptly.
“The evidence showed that the donation was not an inducement or reward for doing or forbearing in relation to his capacity as a prime minister,” he said. He said that investigation also showed that in Aug 2013, a sum of USD620 million (RM2.03 billion) was returned by Najib to the Saudi royal family, as the sum was not utilised.
On the case of SRC International, Apandi said their investigations concluded that Najib had not committed any criminal offences under the MACC Act 2009 and the Penal Code.
He said the reasons were based on evidence that the prime minister did not abuse his position during a Cabinet meeting which had approved the government guarantee on the RM4 billion loan to SRC International from Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP).
Apandi also noted that the loan approval was done properly. “There is no evidence to show the prime minister had solicited or was promised any gratification from any party either before, during or after the decision was made at the Cabinet meeting.
“The evidence as whole does not disclose any conflict of interest or corrupt practices on the part of the prime minister,” he said. Apandi said there was also no evidence to show that the prime minister had any knowledge or had been informed that monies had been transferred into his personal account from SRC International
. He said evidence also indicated that the prime minister was of the belief that all payments made to him was from a Saudi royal family donation transferred into his personal accounts earlier.
Despite there are more than handful of Malaysians who wanted to believe that Prime Minister Najib did commit a white collar crime. This final closure by the Chief Public Prosecutor very much seals their hope in the wrong chest and now being given its burial at sea.
Never the less, damage has already been done.
The package to demonise Prime Minister Najib started from Sarawak Report’s incessant and rabid barks on the purported scandalous and dodgy financial deals by and within 1MDB.
It was echoed by Opposition Leader primarily DAP Chief Strategist Tony Pua andPKR Chief Strategist Rafizi Ramli.
Then came former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who brought altogether a more complicated twist which left so many Malaysians even pro-BN Malay supporters dwindled in disbelief.
When the Statesman lambasted Prime Minister Najib aloud in the open, the foreign media particularly those controlled by Neo-Con Jewish shelled on the Malaysian leader’s and Government position in the proportion of a major psychological war in preparation of an actual one.
Let us not dwell on how obsessed the Fifth UMNO President in trying to get the Cabinet, UMNO members and eventually members of the public to rise against the sitting Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Najib in a little slip here and there in general maintain his coolness to the discomfort of many of his own supporters and calmly instructed a full investigation by the authorities.
The Auditor General and Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee were also tasked to investigate to the fullest, to ensure that all stones are unturned to get to the truth.
In the same opportunity, to clear his name after WSJ reported that “In 2013, USD690million flowed from the Middle East into Najib Razak’s personal Ambank account”.
Of course, all the investigation should be based on the laws on the land and not perception.
Then there was political upheaval which saw then his own Deputy Prime Minister tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin coming into the stone pelting game and took pot shots, openly on UMNO platform.
That was preceded by a Federal Government Cabinet reshuffle and another series of sporadic mutiny by pockets of UMNO middle level leaders and members.
Prime Minister Najib faced UMNO delegates in early December and stood tall, pronouncing “The war against the detractors and those who tried to sabotage and split the unity within UMNO”.
As in the infamous ‘Old Blue Eyes’ song, several lines are quite relevant to the story which already arrived to this point.